Atchison County Courthouse
County Seat: Atchison
· 16,774 (2000)
· 16,932 (1990)
· 28,606 (1900)
Area: 431 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: AT
|Organized in 1855. County seat Atchison.
Named for David H. Atchison,
a U.S. Senator from Missouri, and President of
the United States Senate at the date of the
passage of the Act for the organization of the Territory of Kansas.
He was a Pro-Slavery Democrat, and zealous partisan leader in the
discussions and movements affecting the interests of slavery and
its attempted establishment in the new state to be created.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas
, first published in 1883, tells about early Atchison County
There is a section on Atchison County in the book
Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History
by Frank Blackmar (1912).
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Atchison County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Atchison County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Atchison 10,232 66002 1854 950
Cummings 66016 992
Effingham 588 66023 1138
Good Intent 1037
Huron 87 66041 1160
Lancaster 291 66041 1150
Muscotah 200 66058 964
Oak Mills 850
Port Williams 788
Potter 66077 950
Saint Pats 1070
Census Bureau Profile & Map
- Amelia Earhart's childhood home sits on a beautiful site
overlooking the Missouri River in Atchison.
- The Mt. St. Scholastica School (for girls) is an imposing
place also overlooking the Missouri.
- Atchison may have the nicest post office in the country.
It's in a nineteenth-century stone palace downtown.
- Atchison's old Santa Fe station is now a tourist information center
and museum. There's a large collection of rolling stock on display
- Atchison holds Oktoberfest early in October at the downtown Mall.
- The Amelia Earhart Festival is held in Atchison in July.
- Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
223 N. Terrace St. / Atchison, KS 66002
Open daily 1-4 p.m. Other times by appointment.
Birthplace and childhood home of the world-famous aviatrix.
- Atchison County Historical Society Museum (913) 367-6238
200 S. 10th St., Santa Fe Depot / P. O. Box 201 / Atchison, KS 66002
M-Sat 9-5 Sun 11-5 - May 1-Oct. 31 & M-Sat 9-5 Sun 11-4 - Nov. 1-April 30
Museum in National Register listed 1880 Santa Fe Depot traces rich
history of Atchison County with impressive collection of guns, exhibits on Lewis & Clark,
railroad memorabilia and Amelia Earhart's personal effects.
- Atchison Rail Museum (913) 367-2427
200 S. 10th St. / Atchison, KS 66002
Outdoor collection of railroad cars and locomotive. Viewable year-round, cars open weekends
during the summer. Also features miniature train rides weekends May - October.
- Evah C. Cray Historical Home Museum (913) 367-1948
805 North Fifth St / Atchison, KS 66002
Three-story Victorian mansion with distinctive castle tower completely furnished in elegant style of the
Victorian era. Carriage house has unique display of photographs telling story of Amelia Earhart's life.
- Muchnic Art Gallery (913) 367-4278
704 N. 4th St. / Atchison, KS 66002
Open Saturday & Sunday, 1-5 p.m., April - November.
Queen Anne-style mansion with period furnishings on the first floor and monthly displays of art by
regional artists on the second floor.
More Data About Atchison County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Atchison County Offices
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
200 S. Tenth / Box 126 / Atchison, KS 66002
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.