1893 map showing Elk on the border of Chase and Marion Counties
KDOT map of Chase County (legend)
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Elk was an unincorporated community 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Diamond Creek Township, Chase County, Kansas, east side of Elk
- Grant Township, Marion County, Kansas, west side of Elk
- Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Elk Cemetery; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
- DeLorme. Kansas Atlas & Gazetteer. 4th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2009, 50. ISBN 0-89933-342-7.; with this map
- Page 14 from Atlas of the World, 1914.
- Marion County Kansas : Past and Present; Sondra Van Meter; MB Publishing House; LCCN 72-92041; 344 pages; 1972.
- The History of Marion County and Courthouse
- Shown on this 1893 map
- Shown on this 1921 map
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Great Plains Studies, Great Plains Quarterly, vol. 7-8, p. 253
- "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- DeLorme. Kansas Atlas & Gazetteer. 4th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2009, 50. ISBN 0-89933-342-7.
- Climate Summary for Elk, Kansas
- Marion County cemetery list, archive of KsGenWeb
- Marion County history bibliography, Marion County school bibliography, Kansas Historical Society