Atchison Travel Guide

  • Map of the area sites designated
    Map of the area sites designated
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    Alter with symmetry of pews
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    Streetside view of the home by the...
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Atchison Things to Do

  • Visitor Center Museum

    It is not Much of a museum, but what would you expect form such a small town? Displays are interesting on the history of the town. Located in renovated Santa Fe depot

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  • Benedictine College

    This college was founded around 1863, and the Benedictine Monks studied here and stayed in solitude. The parish church was first started for construction in 1865, but not completed until 1905. This is an active college campus that maybe has 2,000 students

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  • Atchison County Courthouse

    The Courthouse is only one of 13 designed by George Washburn for region courthouses that is of stone. It was built in 1896-97 for $85,000 and is 11 feet long and 67 feet wide. It is still an active courthouse today, and inside is like an everyday administrative center-not a lot of ornate interior. It all was renovated in 1960's, but still retained...

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  • Amelia Earhart Home Tour

    I did not go inside this home because it seemed rather small and $5 for maybe 15 minutes was not for me. And I am not that interested in all her heritage besides. Open daily 1-4 and $5 entry

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  • Evah Cray Home Tour

    This home is available for touring, and the only one with consistent tours. W.W. Hetherington built the home in 1882. He was part of founding Exchange National Bank, an upscale bank and he even went to Europe to loan out money. They owned the home for 80 years, and then it sold a few times before Cloud & Evah Cray, rich people, bought it in 1978....

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  • Muchnic Home- Art Gallery

    This home is very ornate inside and the wood decor is immensely elaborate because the owner of the home also owned a wood and lumber company. Throughout there are parquet floors and large bannister stair railings. In addition, many stained glass windows are featured in the atrium. Furnishings are intact from the last resident of the Howell family...

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  • Homes on the Driving Tour

    There are so many fine homes along the driving route, and it is worth stopping at each for a picture and to read of the history for them. There is a number system with a brief description of each home history. Plan a route and follow the streets. McInteer home-became wealthy in 1870-80's from making harnesses for wagons. Home circa 1890Harwi...

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  • St. Scholatica Retreat and Convent

    Benedictine Nuns founded this area for a retreat in 1863, and it grew since. This was a real treat to be taken through the halls of the old buildings, and the Benedictine nuns proudly show off the magnificence of them. Maybe not all people are able to get a personal guided tour, but hopefully you could. It was informative and interesting. The...

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  • Mount St. Scolastica Chapel

    This church has had a history since 1900. The exterior of of limestone, and the interior was renovated many times and upgraded. The pews are from 1940, and hand carved for decorative style. Benedictine nuns use this as the place of daily prayers

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  • Atichison Map Direct to the Sites

    The map helps in taking the driving tour so you can take pics of the magnificent homes. The town was used as rendevous point for the French in 1700's. In 1854 pro slavery Senator, David Atchison founded the town and in 1860 the railroad came through, and about this time Benedictine monks started the Abbey and college. The magnificent homes from...

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  • Atchison County Courthouse

    Another of George Washburn's Kansas courthouse designs. This one is made from limestone from regional quarries.

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  • Important Little Creek

    This little stream of water is not much to look at, but is more of interest for its place in history. It was here that the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped on the night of July 4, 1804, and celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, signaling the American colonists' break from Britain. The name of this creek:...

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  • International Forest of Friendship

    The International Forest of Friendship is memorial to the world's history of aviation and space travel, a gift to the USA on its bicentennial in 1976 from the City of Atchison and the Ninety-Nines, the international organization of women pilots. Amelia Earhart was the first president of that group. The forest includes trees representing 35...

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  • Atchison County Historical Museum

    In a typical midwestern US county historical museum, you will find hundreds, maybe thousands of artifacts and curios jammed into a small space without fore-planning or adequate signage. The people who have designed the Atchison County Historical Museum have NOT fallen into that trap. The displays here are relevant, educational, and interesting. It...

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  • Tour Amelia's Home

    The birthplace museum is open to public tours. A number of the rooms, such as the front parlor shown in the accompanying photo, have been faithfully restored in recent years. Several of the rooms contain museum-like displays rather than period furnishings. Fortunately, we were not on a tight schedule and could take advantage of the interesting...

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  • Visitor Center and Historical Museum

    If possible, stop by this center before beginning your tour of the city. The local visitor's bureau has put together a very nice center with local maps and and pamphlets, and very helpful attendants. Located in the old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Depot, it also houses the Atchison County Historical Museum and a large number of old railway...

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  • Muchnic Gallery

    The first floor of this striking home, built in 1887, is preserved as its wealthy owners left it - magnificently decorated. The second floor is home to an art gallery specializing in works by midwestern US artists. Check schedule before visiting; usually open on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, but we visited on a Monday.

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  • Visit the birthplace museum of...

    Visit the birthplace museum of Amelia Earhart. On my second visit to this site, in July of 2004, I discovered that a great deal of restoration had taken place in recent years. Several rooms have been used as museum rooms with some interesting exhibits, several are beautifully appointed as they would have been when Amelia lived here with here...

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Atchison Restaurants

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    by JEH15343 Written Jun 14, 2007

    The food at Flyers is decent. It's average diner type food. (Hamburgers, fries, soda, etc.) The idea behind it is great, because you do have a view of the Missouri River as you eat. It's not a very big place, and it does get crowded fast. On a side note, when you are done eating the waitress will give you your ticket and not return to your table. There is no apparent place to get up and take your ticket to pay. Finally we saw someone else get up and pay at the bar. It would've been nice to be told that.

    Favorite Dish: My friend and I both had the chicken roll-up and fries. It was actually really good. We were both full from it, but couldn't manage to stop eating the fries!

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Atchison Transportation

  • Streetcar Shuttle

    You will definitely need a car to explore Atchison, as many of the sights are spread out. A nice alternative is the streetcar shuttle. It takes you on a 45 minute tour of historical sights in Atchison. It's great to get to know the city, or just to see the sights. It only costs five dollars. The downside is you don't get to stop and get out to take...

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  • Get Acquainted with Atchison

    The Atchison Trolley is good for those who have very little time, and want to see the highlights with expert commentary, or for those who want to get the "lay of the land" before taking out on your own. However, because the town is not large, and the available map is excellent, there is little danger of getting lost, anyway.Trolley rides begin at...

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Atchison Local Customs

  • by shelley85 Written Apr 21, 2008

    It seems as though Atchisonians do not head to the slower car ahead of them. So if you have someone right on your tail, it's best to pull over and let the car go ahead of you. If you think you are going to slowly cruise by the historical houses and sites, you might be better off pulling over to the side of the curb.

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Atchison Warnings and Dangers

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    by Diana_Banana Written Feb 17, 2004

    It takes you to Missouri! Yikes! Okay, I just have to put a little Kansas spirit here because I am obligated since we are rivals, but as a side note St. Louis is just fine, and I say that because my good friend Teresa is from there so it has to be.

    Oh and we made a U-turn in Missouri and this Mizzou dog kept chasing the car and almost got himself run over several times, by no fault of our own!

    I'm <i>leaving</i> Kansas? Oh no, no no , no , no!

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Atchison Tourist Traps

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    by Diana_Banana Written Feb 17, 2004

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    Yes, what an enticing title, "Forest of Friendship". It was more like "Forest Full of Benches". Granted, since it was getting dark and it was very cold, I didn't wander in the forest, and I could be wrong about this magical place. But from what I could see, there was nothing magical about it.

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Atchison Off The Beaten Path

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    by hockalocker Written Oct 4, 2002

    It is the old Railhead of the old Atchison Topeka and Santa Fee Railroad. Although the closed that part of the system a few years ago, Atchison has a rich history. The ols Depto is now a nice little museum worth a stop and look.

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