Beautiful, historic Atchison is located in Atchison County, Kansas, about 45 minutes northwest of the Kansas City metro, about 40 minutes northeast of the capitol city of Topeka, and about 25 minutes southwest of St. Joseph, Missouri.
Atchison is unique in Kansas for the historic charm of its riverside setting, boutique shops, quaint restaurants, cafes, historic homes, and stately buildings.
Incorporated in 1858, Atchison is known for its vistas of the Missouri River bend and tree-lined brick streets. Atchison is a magnet for shopping and dining day trippers as well as festival-goers to its annual celebrations.
Offering premier private and public schools, Atchison is also home to Benedictine College and Highland Community College Northeast Kansas Technical Center. With a population over 11,000, Atchison is a community rooted in history and tradition, making strong strides into the future with an established manufacturing sector, homegrown financial institutions, and state-of-the-art medical resources.
As the birthplace of Amelia Earhart, the world’s most famous aviatrix, Atchison is a community that inspires, charms, and embraces all who call it their home or destination.
Over 300 years ago, the area around present-day Atchison was home to the Kansa Indians. Their abandoned village was noted by the Lewis & Clark Expedition when they explored the area on July 4, 1804 and celebrated the first Independence Day in the American West.