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Elk, Kansas
1893 map showing Elk on the border of Chase and Marion Counties
1893 map showing Elk on the border of Chase and Marion Counties
KDOT map of Chase County (legend)
Elk, Kansas is located in Kansas
Elk, Kansas
Elk, Kansas
Location in Kansas
Elk, Kansas is located in the United States
Elk, Kansas
Elk, Kansas
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Kansas
County Chase, Marion
Township Diamond Creek, Grant
Founded 1874
 • Total 0
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code 620
GNIS ID 477253

Elk is a ghost town in Chase and Marion counties in the U.S. state of Kansas. It is currently a ghost town that lays along Middle Creek northwest of Elmdale and straddled the county line between Chase and Marion County.


Early history

See also: History of Kansas

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Marion County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included some of the land for modern day Elk.

20th century

Elk was founded in the 19th century, it remained into the 1920s. The settlement had a general store, and a post office until 1923, when it was replaced by rural free delivery. A post office existed in Elk from August 24, 1874 to December 15, 1924.

21st century

Currently no buildings exist in Waldeck, thus it's considered a Ghost Town.



The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Elk has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

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