Elk Falls, Kansas is a town of less than 200 people that bills itself as the World's Largest Living Ghost Town. The slogan helped draw some artists to the community and revive the town a few years back, but Elk Falls is declining again.
But the town is still worth visiting, particularly in the warm months, as the remaining businesses tend to be seasonal. Interesting businesses include Elk Falls Pottery, The Tannery, the Saw Mill, and the 1879 Sherman House Bed & Breakfast Inn.
Prudence Crandall, who was famous for establishing the first black female academy in New England in 1883, lived the last 16 years of her life in Elk Falls and two historic markers devoted to her are located on the west side of town.
The Falls this community is named after is at the edge of town, just upriver from the 1893 Iron Truss Bridge.
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