Atchison County, KS

County in Northeast KS

The Atchison community’s welcoming diversity may come as a surprise to some first time visitors. Though a smaller town, Atchison is home to many international college and highschool boarding students, religious and secular primary schools, church denominations, and community organizations. Whether interested in fitness clubs, crafting, music, or nightlife - activities are met with welcome encouragement and the opportunity to meet new people. Atchison is big enough that you don’t know everyone, but small enough to feel you belong.

Atchison's long history of successful commerce is wholly connected to the development of the railroads. In 1859, Atchison became the eastern terminus of the Atchison and Topeka Railroad, and remains a major freight train switching station today. Atchison maintains an exterior railway museum with over 15 vintage train cars, including an 811 steam engine. The railway museum also features a much-loved attraction of Atchison - a miniature train with a steam and a diesel engine, traveling on over 1/2 mile of 12-gauge track. During warmer months, the mini train is a highlight of the Atchison community for both the young and young at heart.

Atchison, Kansas is very well-known for being the birthplace of Amelia Earhart, an American aviator and author. She was the first female aviator to fly a plane across the entire Atlantic Ocean by herself. For this accomplishment, she received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross. To celebrate Amelia Earhart's legacy, Atchison hosts a one-of-a-kind Amelia Earhart Festival every July. This festival features airplane acrobatic shows, delicious food, downtown music, a crafts fair, a carnival, a popular-country music concert, and more. The entire community comes together for this festival, which ends with the famous Concert in the Sky fireworks show.

Sponsors of Atchison County, KS

Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

Towns of Atchison County, KS

The small towns of the Midwest are rich in history and a great way of life! Below you can visit and learn about the small towns we call home! Towns that have their name highlighted have become FEATURED TOWNS. Businesses/organizations from these towns have stepped forward as SPONSORS enabling us to include (or will include as acquired) stories and website links to ALL their community organizations (chambers, groups and departments, etc.), stories and website links to ALL their points of interest, annual festivals/events and stories done about their citizens, veterans and faith community. To learn how to become a featured town CLICK HERE!

Businesses of Atchison County, KS

The businesses of our towns are truly the lifeblood of each community, click on any businesses below to learn about them, to learn how to add your business to your town and county page CLICK HERE!