Consider me a myth buster.

Q: Does Hutchinson have bedrock? I heard it does not and some companies say they are anchoring to bedrock when they are not because Hutchinson has no bedrock.

I called our longtime mining friend, Myron Marcotte, who spent nearly 40 years in the business and now is a guide at Strataca.

Myron puts it this way: What do you consider bedrock?

According to him, he considers shale bedrock. And we have shale at about 75 to 90 feet below the surface here in Hutchinson.

That’s located below the water table, he said.

He added that he has seen Hutchinson bridge crews drive 90-foot I-beams down to “bedrock.”

I stopped by the salt museum to look at a map he had in his office. The map was made in 1922 when they dug the Carey Salt shaft. It shows a variety of shale, including grey and blue shale, red shale, along with gypsum deposits.

According to www.sciencewithkids.com there are three types of bedrock: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.

Shale is a sedimentary rock. So is gypsum.

Glad I could help.

Q: Why does the Dillons Store on 13th Avenue and Main Street have handicapped bathrooms that are upstairs? They have handicapped parking?

I emailed Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie, who confirmed my thoughts on this answer.

“Our Dillons location at 13th and Main in Hutchinson was originally built in 1941, which falls outside the guidelines established by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for restroom facilities.

“At the store, restrooms are located upstairs and are primarily used by our associates.”

Q: Where can one donate used cellphones?

Also Where can one donate gently used prom dresses for those in need? (other than Goodwill or Salvation Army). I have a few that I am willing to donate.

The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence shelter takes cellphones. If the memory is not erased or if the phone is not master reset, officials can do it for you.

Those donating a phone must also donate the charger. The shelter gives them to victims to use to make 911 calls. Even if there is not service on the phone, they can still be used to call 911, according to a shelter employee.

Donations can be made to the office at 335 N. Washington, Suite 240, Hutchinson.

As for prom dresses, I’m still looking for an answer. There used to be a group, but I could find any current information on it. If anyone has any information or would like to start one, it isn’t too late. Prom is still a few months away.

Kansas Agland Editor Amy Bickel's agriculture roots started in Gypsum. She has been covering Kansas agriculture for more than 15 years. Email her with news, photos and other information at abickel@hutchnews.com or by calling (800) 766-3311 Ext. 320.

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