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.
- The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Atchison County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
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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