Elsmore is a small town in Kansas. It is located in Allen County in the Southeastern part of the state, on Highway 59 between Moran and Savonburg. The population was 73 at the 2000 census.


About Elsmore
(from the Elsmore home page)
A quiet peaceful town located in South East Kansas, that dates back to the pioneer days. Elsmore was a booming town when the railroad came through. Now though Elsmore is little more than a sleepy little town in Allen County, Kansas, but still a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Population of Elsmore is under 100 unless of course you count Dogs and Cats! Our Mayor is Jim Nelson. We have a small Volunteer Fire Department, a Methodist Chruch, a Cemetary, and Auto repair shop, a Lawn Mower Repair Shop, a working Grain Elevator, and of course a Local Pub the Elsmore Tavern where you can get good food and a cold beer.

Bourbon State Fishing Lake and Wild Life Area is about 4 miles from here and is commonly known as Elsmore Lake, a great place for fishing, camping, boating, and relaxing. Each Year for "Elsmore Days" we have a small parade, local crafts-people and dinner that is open to the public. Elsmore Days is to Celebrate the Survival of Small Town America!

The Early History of Elsmore
By Frank W. Blackmar (1912)
Elsmore, an incorporated town of Allen county, is a station on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas R. R. in the southeastern part of the county, some 15 miles southeast of Iola, the county seat. The old town of Elsmore, which for several years was the center of attraction for the citizens of Elsmore township, was located farther west, not far from Big creek. On Aug. 25, 1888, after the route of the railroad from Kansas City to Parsons had been definitely settled, N. L. Ard, J. L. Roberts, J. A. Nicholson, W. D. and H. W. Cox, and O. P. Mattson, purchased 20 acres where the present town of Elsmore stands and platted the town. It soon became a popular trading center and shipping point for that section of the county, and in 1909 was incorporated. In 1910 it reported a population of 216. Elsmore has a money order postoffice with two rural delivery routes, a bank, several good stores, some small manufacturing enterprises, telegraph and express facilities, good schools, etc.

Elsmore is located at 37°47'39N, 95°8'58W (37.794222, -95.149458). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²), all land.

As of the census of 2000, there were 73 people, 35 households, and 21 families residing in the city. The population density was 187.9/km² (476.3/mi²). There were 43 housing units at an average density of 110.7/km² (280.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.89% White, 2.74% Native American, and 1.37% from two or more races.

There were 35 households out of which 11.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 2.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.43.

In the city the population was spread out with 15.1% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 30.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 143.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 138.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,375, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $30,417 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,600. There were 16.7% of families and 11.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including 50.0% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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