#1 - BEAUMONT, KANSAS
Beaumont, Kansas was one of the stops along the Frisco Railroad. There is a historical marker next to the old rail road tracks. You can also walk up to the 1885 Frisco Railroad water tower which is the only wooden water tower still in use in the United States. What makes this ghost town spookier than most is the Beaumont Hotel which is said to be haunted and has multiple ghost sightings. The town is all but abandoned with less than 50 people living there.
#2 - BUSHONG, KANSAS
This place just freaked me out. For starters it is a couple miles off a state highway so it there is nothing but this old abandoned town in the middle of a bunch of trees. What freaked me out the most was how quiet the town was. There was no movement from birds, no insects noises, nothing. All the buildings are falling down and off to the side there was a school that been abandoned and was falling apart. It had strange writings all over the inside. When I got in my car and drove off I noticed someone on a horse who I had realized had been watching me the entire time, but yet… they did not make any noise at all. Freaky!
#3 - ELK FALLS, KANSAS
Known as “The World’s Smallest Living Ghost Town”, Elk Falls lives up to its name. This ghost town has a sense of humor about itself. It is also known as the “Outhouse Capitol” with an outhouse tour that goes on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. There is an iron truss bridge that crosses the Elk River on the edge of town that is a must see.
#4 - LOST SPRINGS, KANSAS
Off Highway 56 in Marion County lies the town of Lost Springs, Kansas. This was a location on the legendary Sante Fe Trail with historical markers everywhere. About half a mile outside of town you can actually see the wagon wheel marks that have been worn into the ground. There is an old worn down church that somehow is still standing. Definitely worth a visit if you ever are on Highway 56 and are passing it by.
#5 - ALEXANDER, KANSAS
I was on a road trip exploring western Kansas when I passed the town of Alexander. What originally caught my attention was a huge brick and limestone school house in the middle of a field. I pulled over and saw that some people were working on it. They asked if I wanted a tour of the inside. Turns out they had just bought the building and were trying to get it registered as a historical site for the state of Kansas. Across the field was the town with some old falling buildings next to some rail road tracks.