August 15, 1872 Hutchinson was incorporated as a city of the third class.
1872 The Santa Fe Railroad arrived.
1873 The first sidewalk in Hutchinson was a wooden one from the courthouse to a railroad depot.
1879 Hutchinson, already a well established city.
In 1887, while drilling a well, Sam Blanchard struck salt at 300 feet. Hutchinson has been built on top of one of the world's greatest salt deposits.
1888 Almost a dozen salt plants were in operation.
1961 The world's largest and longest wheat elevator is located here at the largest primary hard wheat market in our nation.