Paranormal Travels, Elk Falls, Kansas

Sherri Granato By Sherri Granato, 25th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3qf_q650/
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Welcome to Elk Falls, Kansas, known by all as the “World's Largest Living Ghost Town." You aren’t in Kansas anymore, at least not the one that you thought you were familiar with. This little slice of the state gives “Oz” and the Emerald City” a run for its money as far as adventure, strange happenings and the unexplained are concerned.

Not the Kansas You Thought You Knew

Welcome to Elk Falls, Kansas, known by all as the “World's Largest Living Ghost Town." You aren’t in Kansas anymore, at least not the one that you thought you were familiar with. This little slice of the state gives “Oz” and the Emerald City” a run for its money as far as adventure, strange happenings and the unexplained are concerned. If you travel to the heart of the Kansas Ozarks, you will find the small community of Elk Falls, population one-hundred or so, according to the current year’s demographics and stats. However, this count only includes the living. Nobody knows for sure what the true number of residents really is if you count the ghosts that live in the small town.

The World’s Largest Living Ghost Town, Tourists, Pottery & the Waterfall

Around 1870, the town located on the wooded river bend was becoming settled with the help of founder R.H. Nichols, who along with a half a dozen businessmen began laying out a company, lots for homes and future plans for a new settlement. Before long Elk Falls was equipped with a drug store, two mercantile stores, a barber shop, a doctor’s office, a dentist’s office, and a feed store. The Baptist church came along a few years later in 1879, followed by a Methodist church. In 1893, an iron truss bridge was built to connect the citizens to the outside world via the U.S. 160 thoroughfare, which gave traveler’s access to the larger cities of Wichita and Independence, Kansas. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and it lead’s you to one of the most peaceful settings that is filled with history, charm and the famous falls, where sparkling water gently cascades over a man made waterfall, allowing the water to naturally trickle, mesmerizing those who come to enjoy the tranquility.

Located just three blocks east on Montgomery Street you will find the famous falls that the town was named after. Along the crystal clear falls today you will be treated to a modernized version of an old attraction that was once the farmstead of Maude Frakes. In 1930, Maude developed garden monuments, gazebo fountains and stones porches that became known as the Rock Garden. Today, it is home to Elk Falls Pottery, whose new owners, Steve and Jane Fry took great pains to renovate the property, turning it into a major tourist attraction where beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery, crocks and dishes are made by using a nineteenth century style treadle wheel. Steve and Jane say they feel blessed that they are able to make a living from their chosen profession. The pair work together harmoniously with Steve doing most of the throwing and Jane hand building their products that include a line of porcelain pins and earrings.

The Travel Channel’s Spooky US Ghost Town Has a Rise & Fall in Population

Word of mouth spread as visitors discovered this tranquil piece of heaven, and soon people were flocking and setting up shop in the small town, turning it into a much more heavily populated area. A sudden rise in the population opened the town up to a more booming and active place where skilled artisans, musicians, artists, writers and entrepreneurs started small businesses, drawing in thousands of tourists from all over the world. Today, most of the residents have moved away, turning Elk Falls back into its previous status of living ghost town. A handful of the town’s original buildings are standing, some more eerily quiet than others, and all a reminder of what the town once was. Over at the Rock Garden you can feel the calm spirit of Maude Frakes and her husband Marion looking on at the wonderful changes made to their property today.

The Famous Outhouse Tour, Baked Goods, Festivities & Fun

Every Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving, the annual “Outhouse Tour” draws in eager crowds who want to follow the laughter at what the town folk refer to as an outrageously “moving” experience. A craft show, quilt makers, vendors tables and skilled artisans share in the antics as the crowd enjoys judging outhouses while feasting on hearty Jambalaya from a kettle, chili, homemade soups, fresh-baked fruit & creme pies, apple dumplings, and herb and garlic pulled chicken sandwiches. To join in on the festivities, visitors must purchase a one-dollar “Outhouse Button” at the Outhouse Headquarters, located downtown. At this point, a ballot and map will be handed out for the self guided tour where you will be expected to do “your duty” and vote. For more on the outhouse tour and to see past winners, go to:

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author avatar Sherri Granato
Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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author avatar Retired
26th Aug 2014 (#)

I would go for the porcelain earrings and outhouse tour while consuming jambalaya! Let's go!

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author avatar Sherri Granato
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Lol.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Sounds like a wonderful place to visit!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
26th Aug 2014 (#)

Sherri, thanks for sharing a great article!

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author avatar Retired
27th Aug 2014 (#)

Fascinating as always.

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author avatar snerfu
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Sounds spooky, except for that weekend before Thanksgiving...and I will have the chicken sandwich, if you please.

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author avatar RBB1010
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Never been there, but would love to visit and see this place you make it so interesting.

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