Elk Falls, Kansas

Upcoming Events in Elk Falls Kansas


12 - 13KS0608028e001 - Elk Falls Elk Falls Open House and Outhouse Tour - Very probably the only outhouse tour anywhere! Vote for your favorite privy!

Elk Falls, Kansas is the self proclaimed Outhouse Capital of Kansas. The tiny community has a open house and Outhouse Tour on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. Elk Falls 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. The photographs on these pages were taken on 2011, during the 16th annual outhouse tour.

Elk Falls Annual Open House - Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Demonstrations, walking tours, flea market, craftsmen, good food, and regular attractions are all part of this two-day event. Elk Falls Pottery prepares for this weekend with an extensive selection of stoneware and other gifts.

The first stop of the tour is in the one block long downtown at the Outhouse Tour Hdqrs. A nice young woman from Howard, Kansas sold me an Outhouse Button, ballot and map for $1. The few blocks of the small community had several yard sales, 11 competing outhouses, a quilt show, arts & crafts, horse drawn wagon rides and live music at Elk Falls Pottery.

After touring all of the outhouses, I voted for "King Toot" and "Star Buttz" by placing my ballot in the "Voter's Booth" outhouse.
Always held the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Address: 7th and Osage , Elk Falls, Kansas
Ph: 620-329-4425/4440 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Outhouse Button $1

12 - 13 Elk Falls Outhouse Festival Craft Fair - This Arts and Crafts fair is at the same time as the Elk Falls Outhouse Tour, the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. There are handmade crafts and food in the church on the N. side of Hwy 160, 9-6 Friday and 9-4 on Saturday. There will be some demonstration going on, too.


Address: Hwy 160, at the church , Elk Falls, Kansas
Ph: 620) 329-4440/4425 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Free

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Prudence Crandall Memorial Markers

Is she America's most famous unknown woman? Learn about her fascinating life at this combined Kansas and Connecticut marker site. Her story was told in the Walt Disney/NBC-TV movie, She Stood Alone. Prudence Crandall is buried in the Elk Falls cemetery. In 1831

Elk Falls, KS Memorials

Elk Falls and the River Canyon Area

This beautiful natural falls on the Elk River is impressive - at least by Kansas standards - and makes a really nice roar. Impressive, too, is the deep boulder-strewn river canyon in which it is located. Dry year? Welcome to "Elk Trickle."

Elk Falls, KS Scenic Views

Keefe Homestead Museum

Built in 1872, this landmark Elk Falls home is still pretty much as it was when the Keefes lived in it. Tours of the house and barn with its family heirlooms and 19th century implements are available during the annual open house always the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Elk Falls, KS Museums

Elk Falls Cemetery

History buffs will find much of interest here. In addition to the graves of Prudence Crandall and her brother Hezekiah, several Union Soldiers, one Confederate soldier and one of America's first women mayors, America I. King, are buried here.

Elk Falls, KS Cemeteries

Little White Churches

Oldest in the area, these charming clapboard structures were built in 1879 (now Calvary Chapel), and in 1880 (United Methodist). The latter has had a continuously active congregation since its formation in 1870. A visit to its tranquil interior will take you back to a quieter, more peaceful era.

Elk Falls, KS Historic Churches

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Presbyterian Church

This historic church building was built in 1887 after the previous church had been destroyed by a tornado. ...