Latitude / Longitude:
38°41′3″N 97°13′48″W / 38.68417°N 97.23000°W / 38.68417
1,355 ft (413 m)
Central (CST) (UTC-6)
Elmo is a small unincorporated community in Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. Elmo is located 15 miles (24 km) south of Abilene at the northwest corner of K-15 and K-4.
For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.
In 2014, a group of locals adopted the Sesame Street character Elmo as its mascot to be placed on a new sign.
In 1899, Elias Sellerds discovered a well-preserved trove of insect fossils about 3 miles south of Elmo in the Lower-Permian Elmo-Limestone member of the Wellington-Formation. In 1925, Frank M. Carpenter begins studying the fossil bed. In 1928, Robert John Tillyard researched the same fossil bed. The Elmo site has produced tens of thousands of specimens, with more than 150 species of insects described, including large fossils of Meganeuropsis. The site is located on private land and closed to the public.