The Largest Living Ghost Town In America Is Right Here In Kansas
Located in Elk County in southeast Kansas, this tiny town has been hiding right in plain sight. It’s just one of Kansas’ many ghost towns, but it still has plenty of life left to keep on ticking. The population’s been on a steady decline… since 1880. In 1880, the census listed 513 residents, but that soon dropped to 350 in 1890 before dwindling down to the 2010 census of 107 residents. These days, the town calls itself the “World’s Largest Living Ghost Town” which may just be a rumor, but it’s a fun rumor either way.
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Born and raised Kansan, Clarisa has lived in both tiny towns and cities during her time here in the Sunflower State, mostly in the south central area. Clarisa is a stay-at-home mother of one crazy kid, three cats, and two reptiles, and has been writing anything and everything since she's held a pencil, though Kansas and fantasy novels take up most of her time.
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