Downtown Longton, Kansas Elk County Longton, Kansas
Founded: 1870
Population: 389 (1990) 396 (1980)
Latitude: 37° 22' 40" N
Longitude: 96° 4' 50" W
Elevation: 918 feet
ZIP 67352 -   Area Code: 620
 
Longton is located in southern Elk [EK] County between highway US-160 and the Elk River near where Hitchin Creek joins the Elk.  A wagon bridge once spanned one of these creeks. 

The oak covered hills around the town provide a beautiful site.  The park and fairgrounds at the south end of town are still well used; take a walk through the woods down to the river and town dam.

History

Longton was originally named Elk Rapids but was renamed after a village in England to avoid confusion with nearby Elk Falls and Elk City.  Herbert Capper, father of Arthur Capper, former governor, senator, and founder of Capper's Weekly, named the town and owned the first hardware store in Longton.

The discovery of the Longton oil field in 1902 lead to a brief period of boom times for the town.
 
There's more about Longton's history in the 1912 book Kansas, A Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank W. Blackmar.

Special Events

Places to visit in Longton

The United Methodist Church in Longton, Kansas
The United Methodist Church in Longton was built in 1891 at a cost of $1950; it's still in use.
 
The old stone jail in Longton, Kansas
The old stone jail in Longton is still standing at the foot of the water tower; walk up and look inside at the primitive facilities for "crooks".  It cost $413 when it was built in 1905.

Schools (See Longton's High School class of 1940.)

USD 283 - Elk Valley Lions   (620) 642-2215
P. O. Box 87, Longton, KS 67352

Library

Longton Library
Shirley Powell, Library Director   (620) 642-6012
501 Kansas / P. O. Box 163, Longton, KS 67352

Dining

Macy's Cafe   (620) 642-3911
417 S. Kansas Ave
Wigwam Bar & Grill   (620) 642-6391
204 W. 2nd (Highway 160)

Lodging

Diamond Cross Hunts   (620) 374-2144
Rt #2, Box 47, Howard, KS 67349
Hunting lodge located south of Longton--hunting, fishing, wilderness walks, trail rides
 
The Silver Bell Motel in Longton, Kansas Silver Bell Motel   (620) 642-6145 • Hwy US160, Longton, KS
Inexpensive and scrupulously clean; the stonework in the floors is amazing.

Newspapers

Banking

Bank of Longton   (620) 642-2080 - Built in 1995
120 N. Kansas / P. O. Box 295, Longton, KS 67352

Shopping in Longton

For more information about Longton

City Clerk   (620) 642-2225
City Hall, Longton, KS
 
Longton Economic Development Committee
P. O. Box 241, Longton, KS 67352
 
Get back on Hwy US160, explore Elk County or visit other Kansas Cities & Towns

December 12, 2008 / Lotus McDow / Longton, Kansas / city@sktc.net

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