Well worth the side trip of 19 miles each way, we stayed overnight at Glen Elder State Park, then visited nearby Cawker City, Kansas, home of the world's largest ball of twine! What a fun town to visit! Cawker City was established in 1870, and named by the winner of a poker game, Colonel E.H. Cawker. He built the first house in town, which was then incorporated on March 20, 1874. Today, Cawker City is a small town, home to around 500 people.