Tag Archives: Ghost Towns

Elk Falls, KS

Elk Falls, is located in Elk County, KS.  It is named after the falls that are located near the town on the Elk River.  Elk Falls claims to be the World’s Largest Living Ghost Town with a population of approximately 100,  and also the Outhouse Capital of the World.

I love this sign that directs you to the falls.

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There is a well travel path that takes you from the bridge down to the river.

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This outhouse says it all!  Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving they give outhouse tours.

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Fall in Post Rock Country

It was a beautiful clear crisp fall day, perfect for a trip to Post Rock Country.  DSC02398 DSC02401

Sunrise School District #58  Built in 1885

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Farmhouse and Stove Cave Celler

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This was a big stone home.  A great one to fix up!!

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Bethany Cemetery and Church

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I love the shoe scrapper!  Made out of a horse harness!

 

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Battle Creek School    1923-1965

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Victor, Kansas

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Round Springs Cemetery  1914

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Outhouse behind church.  I think I can wait!

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Paris School District #42  1882-1947

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Just a Little House on the Prairie

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Fall in the Ozarks

I spent a wonderful week in Missouri with the grandkids while their parents were on vacation.  NO adult supervision!!  They kept poor ole granny busy,  getting them to school, cheer, riding lessons, church activities, dentist.  Thankfully everything was written out for me and I didn’t miss anything or forget a child anywhere!

Fall in the Ozarks (actually anytime of the year) is beautiful.

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This is a bridge on Historic Route 66 just outside of Spencer MO

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Touring Denmark

Denmark Kansas, located in Lincoln County,  was settled in 1869 by Danish Lutherans.  The church was completed in 1880, the bell tower and entry was added in 1901.  The Denmark Hotel was built in 1917 when the railroad came through the town.  At one time there was a bank and several other businesses.  Today there is a co-op and also a great destination for pheasant hunting.  Spillman Creek Lodge.

Here is a link to the lodge http://spillmancreek.com/index.cfm

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Bazaar and Matfield Green, Chase County, KS

A post office was established April 1860 at Bazaar, Kansas,  in July of 1876 the post office was renamed Mary (in honor of the postmaster’s wife) then changed back to Bazaar 2 years later.    On March 31, 1931 TWA Flight 599 crashed southwest of town, killing all 8 on board, including Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne.  There is a memorial along the Kansas Turnpike and also at the crash site, which is on private land.  With the arrival of the railroad, Bazaar became a major shipping point for cattle.  The school that as built along what is now Highway 177 closed when it consolidated with Cottonwood Falls, and it now serves as a community center.

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Matfield Green, KS is named after Matfield, England.  A post office was established here in 1867 it closed in 1995.  Around the turn of the 19th century this was a town of 350 residents.  There was a bank, grocery store, livery and blacksmith, hardware store, flour mill, lumber yard, hotel and schools.  2010 census is 47. Matfield Green is located in the beautiful Flints Hills and there are 2 ranches nearby on the Nation Register of Historical Places, the Crocker Ranch and Pioneer Bluffs Ranch.

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Dunlap, Morris County, KS

In March of 1874 a post office was established in Hillsborough, the next month it was renamed Dunlap after Joseph Dunlap, an Indian agent for the Kaw tribe.

Benjamin “Pap” Singleton chose Dunlap for his second Singleton Colony, as home for freedmen who had come from Tennessee because of available land under the Homestead Act.  Hundreds of Exodusters arrived in Dunlap.  The Presbyterian Church founded the Freedman Academy of KS to provide education to the settlers, however the school closed it’s door in the 1890’s.

Population in 1910 was over 300, during this time there was a blacksmith shop, hardware, grocery store, ice cream parlor, flour mill, butter and cheese factors, restaurant, bank, hotel, and numerous churches.

When the exodusters first arrived the white community resented them and they had separate schools, churches and cemeteries.  However by 1930, the white and blacks were no longer segregated and lived together peacefully in the beautiful Neosho River Valley.

Dunlap is currently home to approximately 30 people.

Main Street

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Native stone sidewalk along Main Street

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White Cemetery Dunlap, KS

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Black Cemetery about 1 mile north of the white cemetery

Many of the headstones were native stones with no inscription on them

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On a road that is seldom traveled I came across this monument.  A beautiful tribute to a freedman who homestead this land.  Here is a link about Mr. Davis and his monument to his family.

http://www.robinvanauken.com/a-monument-to-exodusters/

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Massive native stone cornerpost

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The ground is so rocky that they drilled holes in the rocks to set the posts.

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Elmdale, KS

Elmdale is located in Chase County, KS.  Some consider it a Ghost Town, but it is still home to about 50 people.  Elmdale has been damaged by numerous floods, a major one in 1951.

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Bummies was a must stop back in 1980’s to pick up a sandwich before heading into the Flint Hills while hauling equipment to watershed dams.

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The school was closed in 1967.  It is now a private residence.

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Santa Fe Trail, Morris County, KS

Beautiful church and cemetery outside of Herington, KS

St. John’s Lutheran Church

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Located along the Santa Fe trail

As I traveled along the Trail, I was amazed at the beauty of the lush grass land of the Flint Hills.  I was also thankful that my “buggy” had air conditioning as it was in the upper 90’s.

Lost Springs, KS

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Burdick

The Santa Fe trail passed approximately 3 miles north of Burdick.  Know as “Six Mile State Station” it was needed on the trail after the station at Diamond Springs was destroyed by  Missouri Bushwackers in 1863.  Burdick was settled in 1880, located on the Atchinson Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.  The line has been removed but the railroad has not abandoned the right of way.

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Diamond Springs

Diamond Springs know as the “Diamond of the Plains” along the Santa Fe Trail, due to the prairie fountain that was of high quality water.  The spring now rises in a concrete cistern and is piped to a nearby stock tank on the Diamond Spring Ranch.

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Continuing south from Diamond Springs is Hymer Station along the abandoned train line

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This beautiful bridge did not withstand the flooding this year

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My lunch plans were changed as the Ad Astra in Strong City is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Went to the Grand Central Hotel and Grill in Cottonwood Falls and discovered another wonder place to eat in Small Town Kansas.  The rooms in the Hotel are named after local ranches and look very comfortable.  Pet friendly too….Wylie!!

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Strong City

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Close to Home

One of my favorite “close to home” adventures is just south of Salina, KS.

Classes were in session at the Smolan High School from 1926 – 1950.  The last graduating class had 3 students.  Elementary and junior high classes were held there until the closing of the school in 1987.  In 1996 the school was occupied by the Hickory Tree BBQ Restaurant.  It’s no longer open, I miss that place!

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Salemsborg Lutheran Church.  Built in 1929.

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Certainly didn’t plan on the serpent!

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The stone pulpit stand on the site of the original sod church

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Coronado Heights overlooking the Smoky River valley

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Dickinson County, KS

 

Cemetery and Church near Holland, KS

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Navarre, KS

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Woodbine, KS

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Pearl, KS

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Barn and abandoned farms near Chapman, KS

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Enterprise, KS

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Patriotic silo near Abilene, KS

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