Elmo, Kansas

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Elmo, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Elmo is located in Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°41′3″N 97°13′48″W / 38.68417°N 97.23000°W / 38.68417; -97.23000Coordinates: 38°41′3″N 97°13′48″W / 38.68417°N 97.23000°W / 38.68417; -97.23000[1]
Country United States
State Kansas
County Dickinson
Elevation[1] 1,355 ft (413 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-20825 [1]
GNIS feature ID 0476978 [1]

Elmo is a small unincorporated community in Dickinson County, Kansas, United States.[1] Elmo is located 15 miles (24 km) south of Abilene at the northwest corner of K-15 and K-4.


Elmo started about one mile from of its current location, but the source of the name is unknown. When the Missouri Pacific Railroad was built through the area, the railroad didn't like the Elmo location because it was sloping ground, so it built a station at nearby Banner City (current location of Elmo).[2] The old Elmo post office was moved to Banner City around 1887. The name Banner City already existed in Jackson and Trego counties, so eventually the Elmo name replaced it.[3][4] The post office was opened in Elmo on December 16, 1884, and remained in operation until it was discontinued on May 6, 1966.[5] The railroad was removed in the 1990s.

In 1899, Elias Sellerds discovered a well-preserved trove of insect fossils about 3 miles south of Elmo in the Lower-Permian Elmo-Limestone member of the Wellington-Formation.[3][6] In 1925, Frank M. Carpenter begins studying the fossil bed.[7][8] In 1928, Robert John Tillyard researched the same fossil bed.[9] The Elmo site has produced tens of thousands of specimens, with more than 150 species of insects described, including large fossils of Meganeuropsis.[10] The site is located on private land and closed to the public.[11]

In 2014, a group of locals adopted the Sesame Street character Elmo as its mascot to be placed on a new sign.[12]


Elmo is located at the northwest corner of K-15 and K-4 (also known as 600 Ave in Dickinson County), which is 15 miles (24 km) south of Abilene or 14 miles (23 km) west of Herington.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Carlton Area History: Carlton - Elmo - Holland, Dickinson County, Kansas; Carlton Book Committee; Bell Books; 1995.


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