Kansas has more than 6,000 dead towns. Here are a few of them I traveled to as a Hutchinson News journalist.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Elmo, Kansas - A Dickinson County Dead Town
Elmo is located in Dickinson County. I have a personal connection to
Elmo, as my great grandparents and my great-great grandparents are
buried here. They farmed between Elmo and Carlton, a dwindling town to
the west. My father said my great grandfather, probably around the age
of 9, would take water to the workers building the railroad through
Elmo, or what was then Banner City. They gave him tobacco for his
Bell tower at St. Columba Catholic Church in Elmo
Once called Banner City, the cemetery still holds the name.