History from Kansas State Historical
Elk County was organized
on March 25, 1875, by A. F. Eby; J. C.
Pinney; Richard Graves; James Shipley; R.
Elison Neat; H. G. Moller; Richard
Graves; A. P. Searcy; S. B. Oberlender; J.
N. Young; R. H. Nichols; S. J. Bascom;
Lorance; Mark McBee; and T. M.
Carter. Named for the Elk River, the
county contains the cities of Elk Falls,
Howard, Longton and Moline.
A long running dispute
over the county seat location of Howard
County (established in 1867), between Elk
Boston, Peru, and Longdon, which
included the use of Kansas Militia to keep
the peace, led to a move in 1875 to divide
county. In 1875 Howard County
divided into Elk and Chautauqua counties,
primarily to settle the county seat feud.