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Welcome  to  historic  ellinwood


Named after Colonel John Ellinwood and attracting many German immigrants, Ellinwood, KS has been a thriving metropolis since 1872.


When you arrive in this historic town, a tour of our Underground Tunnels is a must!  Built underneath the buildings, sidewalks and Mainstreet area was a second community where you could find a barber shop, brewery, and places that may attract cowboys, teamsters, and other transient workers.


Learn even more about our history at the Ellinwood Museum.  Hearing about all the different eras of Ellinwood’s rich history including  the Santa Fe Trail. 


From there, you will find many types of shopping.  Antique stores will help you find your favorite treasures from history’s past. Whereas the local boutiques may help you find some things more current to start your own narrative.

When your stomach starts growling, you will find local eateries as well as baked goods in much of the shopping district. If your wanting more a sack lunch style, drive up or down 156 to the gas stations, Family Foods grocer, Or Packing Plant


And should you need a perk up, we have you covered there too, with multiple coffee shops open M-F.  For our adults we have a local Speakeasy straight out of the prohibition era, The American Legion and LK's Liquor Store.     


For the nature enthusiast, bird watchers, and hunters, Quivira Wildlife Refuge,  Cheyenne Bottoms  and the Wetlands Education Center are both nearby. You can also enjoy a nice fishing spot at the Wolf Pond & RV Park


There’s more going on in this area to cover in a day, so call ahead and spend a relaxing night at the beautiful award-winning Historic Wolf Hotel and Events Center. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, the City Office, Chamber Office, or dozens of friendly business owners and citizens will be glad to help you.


Our numerous attractions and rich heritage are sure to delight. We know before you leave, you’ll love our town as much as we do! See you soon! 

featured events

Garage Sale Box

spring city-wide garage sales

last Saturday in April

April 27th, 2024


annual after harvest festival

third full weekend in July

July 18-20, 2024

Donation Boxes

fall city-wide garage sales

last Saturday in September


american legion post 320 craft beer festival

first or second weekend in October


Ellinwood EMS
Chili Cook-Off



Saint joseph catholic school annual German buffet


annual christkindlmarket
Dec. 1, 2024


ellinwood hospital foundation annual gala

First or second weekend in October

first Sunday in November

first Sunday in December


food & spirits

In Ellinwood, dining is an experience! We have locally-owned and operated family-style restaurants. Smiling, welcoming faces ready to serve great customer service. Be sure to check out our Underground Saloon Bar if you're in town on a Friday/Saturday night, complete with Prohibition-era style and drinks -- try the 'bee's knees'!

things to do








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