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Atchison County, Kansas


Page Contents for Atchison, Kansas

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Kansas state capital is Topeka.
The population of Atchison is approximately 10,106 (2002), 11021 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 4,267 (1990), 3933 (2010).
The amount of land area in Atchison is 16.755 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Atchison is 6.8 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.986 sq kilometers.
The distance from Atchison to Washington DC is 1028 miles.
The distance to the Kansas state capital is 48 miles. (as the crow flies)
Atchison is positioned 39.56 degrees north of the equator and 95.13 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Atchison elevation is 950 feet above sea level.
Atchison median income is $ 31,109 (2000).
The Atchison median home price is $ 52,200 (2000).
Atchison average annual precipitation is 23 inches peryear.
Atchison average annual snowfall is 22 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 26 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 55 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 78 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 58 degrees F.


on bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, about an hour from Kansas City or Topeka. Other nearby communities include Lewis and Clark Village, Rushville, and De Kalb all in Missouri and Lancaster, Easton, Denton and Troy all in Kansas.

Here is A map page for Atchison.
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History & History Related Items

Starting with a great historical photo, enjoy this History page for Atchison.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition came through the area back on 4 July 1804. It was first settled later in July of 1854 when Missourians came and created the second city in Kansas. Atchison became a well-known railroad town, even giving its name to the "Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe Railroad" in 1860. Even the the role of the railroad has declined in this country, Atchison has maintained a good lifestyle. Atchison was incorporated as a town on 30 August 1855 and later as a city on 12 Feb 1858.
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The incorporation of Atchison

Feb 12, 1858


"Noted Notables"
The Birthplace of Amelia Earhart. Here is a page about Amelia Earhart. Here is the official Amelia Earhart website.
This page gives a tremendous amount of information on Amelia along with many good links. Amelia grew up in the home of her grandparents. The home of Judge Alfred Otis and his wife is now the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison

John J. Ingalls
Also a U.S. Senator from Kansas. He served for three terms in the Senate. A lawyer and author, Mr. Ingalls was the person who suggested the state motto for Kansas.

Edgar Watson Howe
He was the founder of the Atchison Daily Globe. He achieved fame for his best-seller, "The Story of a Country Town." His residence may be seen in Atchison at 1117 North 3rd Street.

John Cameron Swayze
A world-famous radio and television newscaster grew up in Atchison and graduated from high school here.

Learn all about Atchison at this informative site.

Amerlia Earhart Birthplace Museum
223 N. Terrace St.
Atchison, Kansas 66002
Phone: 913-367-4217
Please call for hours of operation

Here is a great attractions page for Atchison.

Atchison County Historical Society Museum
Santa Fe Depot
200 S. 10th
Atchison, Kansas
Phone: 913-367-6238

International Forest of Friendship
178620 274th Rd. at Warnock Lake
Atchison, KS 66002
Phone: 913-367-1419
Toll-free: 800-234-1854
A Living memorial to aviation and aerospace contributors. See trees from all 50 states and US Territories as well as from around the world. A life-size bronze statue of Amelia Earhart is also on the grounds.

Atchison, the most Haunted Town in Kansas. The town is said to be host to many of the early settlers who chose to stay in Atchison in their ghostly form. Stories abound about sightings and other events here. The Atchison Trolley even has a haunted homes tour as one of its offerings.

Atchison Trolley
Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. 10th St.
Atchison KS 66002
Phone: (913) 367-2427
Toll-free: 1-800 234-1854 Tours offered during the summer. Please call ahead for hours of operation.
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Atchison City Government

The City of Atchison
Atchison has a City Manager/City Commission form of government.

Atchison City Clerk
515 Kansas Ave
Atchison, KS 66002-2424
Phone: 913-367-5500


Atchison is the county seat of Atchison County.

Atchison County Clerk
423 N 5th St
Atchison, KS 66002-1800
Phone: 913-367-1653

NEK Multi County Health Department
Serving: Atchison County, Brown County and Jackson County
We look forward to working with you! Contact us via email at or

Atchison County
616 Commercial
Atchison, KS 66002
Phone: 913-367-5152
Fax: 913-367-4580

Atchison Chamber

The Atchison Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
Historic Santa Fe Depot
200 S. 10th St.
Atchison, Kansas 66002
Phone: 913-367-2427
Toll-free: 800-234-1854

Atchison Community Events

July each year
Amelia Earhart Festival

Atchison Organizations

The Atchison Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
Historic Santa Fe Depot
200 S. 10th St.
Atchison, Kansas 66002
Phone: 913-367-2427
Toll-free: 800-234-1854

Atchison Libraries

Atchison Public Library
401 Kansas Ave.
Atchison, Kansas 66002
Phone: (913) 367-1902

Benedictine College Library 1020 N. 2nd St. Atchison, Kansas 66002 (913) 360-7510 Email:

Atchison Schools

Atchison Public School District
605 Kansas Ave
Atchison, KS 66002-2441
Phone: 913-367-4384

Atchison County Community Schools
USD #377
506 6th Street
Effingham, KS
PHone: 913-833-5050

Here is an Education page for the area.


Benedictine College
1020 North Second Street
Atchison, KS 66002
Phone: 913-367-5340
Our mission at Benedictine College is the education of men and women within a community of faith and scholarship. We are a Catholic college which provides a liberal arts education in a residential and Benedictine community Atchison


Atchison had a population of:
1960 - 12,529
1970 - 12,565
1980 - 11,401
1990 - 10,656
1998 - 11,000
2000 - 10,232
2002 - 10,106

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