Page 4–The Geologic Record Vol. 3.3
Fall 1997


A Place to Visit


Elk Falls


Elk County,





Every once in a while, just when you think you know the Kansas landscape, it springs a surprise. Elk Falls is on the east edge of the town by the same name. Here the Elk River drops four to six feet over the Elgin sandstone (for more about the geology of the area, see the Survey’s new geologic map of Elk County, described in this issue of The Geologic Record). A rock wall near the falls is evidence of a mill that once stood here, and downstream from the waterfall stands a majestic iron bridge, built in 1893, that is now on the national register of historic places. This waterfall is publicly accessible.

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