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Elk Falls Things to Do

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    by basstbn Written Nov 25, 2009

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    Perhaps this old schoolhouse serves as a museum during the annual community outhouse tour, and at no other time. I find no information regarding its availability to visitors. Nonetheless, I found it worthy of a couple of photos.

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    by basstbn Written Nov 3, 2003

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    "This 1893 Pratt Truss Bridge has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United State Department of the Interior" reads the plaque next to this bridge, now open only to foot traffic. I don't know why for certain, but think I have read that it is the last or best of this bridge design still standing. There is a nice view of the Elk River Falls from the bridge.

    Pratt Truss Bridge, 1893
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    by basstbn Written Nov 3, 2003

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    In a state that doesn't have many dramatic changes of elevation, waterfalls are not a common thing. The falls on the Elk River are certainly not dramatic or powerful, but they do offer a change from normal Kansas scenery, and the tranquil setting here is relaxing.

    Seen in November 2009 after heavy rains
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Elk Falls Shopping

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    by basstbn Updated Nov 25, 2009

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    Steve and Jane Fry converted an old barn into a studio and sales gallery for their pottery company. View and purchase beautiful pieces of pottery created from Kansas clays. Often, Steve can be seen at one of his potters' wheels, one of which is a hand-made, foot-powered model he built himself. Elk Falls Pottery and the genial Frys make Elk Falls a worthwhile place to visit, even if there were nothing else of interest in the area.

    What to buy: Pottery

    What to pay: Prices vary by the piece, of course, but we thought the prices very reasonable.

    The Frys at Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield
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Elk Falls Local Customs

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    by basstbn Written Nov 20, 2009

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    It takes place every year in November, and it is pure fun! During my 2009 visit, there was a tour bus full of senior citizens from Iowa making the rounds of the decorated outhouses.

    A Loo with a View Gilligan's Palace of Contemplation
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    by basstbn Written Nov 3, 2003

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    In many such towns, the Senior Citizens' Center and the church or churches remain the lifeblood of community life. I don't remember seeing a senior center here (tho I bet there is one), but this charming old country church caught my eye. It shows signs of being kept in good condition. Their faith keeps these fine country folk strong.

    Old Country Church
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Elk Falls Warnings and Dangers

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    by basstbn Updated Nov 25, 2009

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    There is, I have recently learned, a small, out-of-the-way eating place in town where the food is reported to be good. I cannot provide personal reference or report when it might be open. There is no gas station or convenience store. These services can be obtained in Moline, Howard, or Sedan.

    Elk Falls' grocery as seen in the early 2000s The town grocery store in 2009
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