Elks Lodge #204 -- Topeka KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 39° 03.043 W 095° 40.511
15S E 268499 N 4325810
Quick Description: The beautiful and historic Elks Lodge building in downtown Topeka is now occupied by the Kansas Highway Patrol. This building is located 1 block north of the State Capitol in downtown Topeka.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 4/10/2013 8:38:10 AM
Waymark Code: WMGTYF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member CHI-TOWN ROMEO
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Long Description:
The waymark coordinates will take you to the cornerstone of this beautiful building.

The beautiful and historic Elks Lodge #204 building at 122 W 7th St in downtown Topeka KS is on the historic building walking tour: (visit link)

"50— Elks Club Building, 122 W. 7th (1906). Built for B.P.O.E. Lodge 204. In 1930s Chamber of Commerce on 1st floor; "night clubs" in basement. Was Eastern Kansas campaign's Imperial Army Command headquarters in 1917 Saturday Evening Post fictional story about "German occupation" of Topeka. On National Register of Historic Places."

Despite the claim in the walking tour brochure, Blasterz have not been able to find any listing for this building on the US National Register properties database as of Apr 2013. (visit link)

We checked the Elks Lodges database, and could find no operating Elks lodges in Topeka as of Apr 2013: (visit link)

We did find miscellaneous news articles about Topeka Elks Lodge #204 Hoop-Shoot youth activities from the 2001 - 2008 time frame, but the lodge address was in northeast Topeka, not downtown: (visit link)

Lodge records from its founding to 2000 are online in the OCLC World catalog: (visit link)

The historic lodge building is only steps away from the State Capitol, and is now owned by the State of Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol offices here according to the state agency phone directory: (visit link)

Interestingly (or perhaps understandably), a modern plaque identifies this building as the Elks Building. That is the only name plaque on the structure. Blasters walked all around, and nowhere did we see anything outside the building alluding to the State Highway Patrol's occupancy.
Physical Address:
122 W 7th St
Topeka, KS

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