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Coming Soon: Book Signing

Date: Apr 30 2019
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Join us at the Reno County Museum for the release and book signing of "Kansas Tycoon Emerson Carey: Building an Empire from Coal, Ice and Salt" written by Reno County Museum Curator Lynn Ledeboer and Mine Specialist Myron Marcotte.

"I've seen a fly make a bull switch his tail" is a homespun quip attributed to Emerson Carey, the powerful salt magnate of Hutchinson, Kansas. True or not, the quote epitomizes the fearless and tenacious character of the legend who became Reno County's benefactor. Young, awestruck Carey arrived in boomtown 1880s Hutchinson and went on to create an immense empire. Coal, ice, salt, strawboard, egg cases, bags, soda ash and streetcars--he presided over it all. From Carey's sleeping in a coal yard with a quarter in his pocket to the founding of the exclusive Willowbrook community and attaining a net worth of more than $15 million, authors Lynn Ledeboer and Myron Marcotte relate the epic story.

Stop in to get a signed copy of the book and meet the authors. Then take a look at our newest exhibit "The Conard-Harmon Main Street Collection, 1872-1988." The opening reception for this exhibit coincides with the book signing and will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.



  • Tues. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Closed Sun. & Mon.
  • Phone: 620-662-1184


  • Donations Welcome


  • 100 S. Walnut Street
  • Avenue A & Walnut
  • Hutchinson, Kansas