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Elk was an unincorporated community in Chase and Marion counties in the U.S. state of Kansas. It is currently a ghost town that lays along Middle Creek northwest of Elmdale and straddled the county line between Chase and Marion County.
For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America were inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America, including this . After its defeat in the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, by the Treaty of Fontainebleau.
No buildings now remain in Elk, and it is considered a Ghost Town.
In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France. In 1803, much of modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase at a price of 2.83 cents per acre. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, and the following year Marion County was established, including portions of Elk. Six years later, Kansas was admitted as a state.