“The Elk Valley community is committed to providing a learning environment in which all students make progress in becoming a functional member of society. We believe that school improvement is an on-going process of evaluation, setting goals, and implementing programs.”
(Source- USD 283-www.usd283.org)
Longton is home to 318 (2013) residents. Longton is surrounded by Kansas history and maintains a small community atmosphere. Longton is only 35 minutes from Independence.
Highway US-160 runs through the north side of Longton. Independence is under 35 minutes from Longton.
Longton Local Attractions/Activities
Longton is home to four churches including the United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church. Residents can enjoy a great family meal at the Lion’s Den. Independence offers several attractions including the Independence Museum and the Little House on the Prairie Museum.
Longton was originally named Elk Rapids but was renamed after a village in England to avoid confusion with nearby Elk Falls & Elk City. Herbert Capper, father of Arthur Capper, former governor, senator and founder of Capper's Weekly, named the town. Herbert Capper owned the first hardware store in Longton. The discovery of the Longton oil field in 1902 led to a brief period of boom times for the town.