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"Do yuh hear that whistle down the line?
I figure that it's engine number forty-nine,
She's the only one that'll sound that way.
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe!"
~ Oscar-winning lyrics from The Harvey Girls (1945 MGM)
Welcome to Atchison! This town means a lot of different things to a lot of different folks ... To some, we're the birthplace of the world's most famous aviatrix, Amelia Earhart. To others, we're renowned for our pivotal railroad history. Some may think we're legendary as the most haunted city in Kansas.

Riverbend beauty, quaint shops, brick streets, historic mansions, and homes. These are the things that give Atchison such a rich sense of place.

Yet, to a lucky few, Atchison is simply "home." Atchison residents are proud of their long history and deep roots; many families have been here for generations and generations. Even so, we pride ourselves on being neighborly and welcoming anyone who's as enthusiastic about this community as we are.

If you're thinking about relocating to Atchison - or already live in Atchison - check out the resources under the Living Here tab to find out more about the services and perks of living in such a family-oriented, scenic community.

Beautiful, historic Atchison is located in Atchison County, Kansas, about 45 minutes northwest of the Kansas City metro. The historic charm of its riverside setting, shops, historic homes, and stately buildings make Atchison the ideal get-away for a day trip or weekend escape.

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.

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.

Why should Atchison be in your vacation plans? Check out the About Atchison page to see why.

For over 150 years, Atchison's encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit, creating a desirable community not only to live, work, and play but also to grow your business.

The Atchison of today continues that tradition with a competitive quality of life, excellent schools and medical facilities, an attractive seasonal climate, and proximity to transportation and a major metropolitan area.

For more information on why Atchison is the right fit for your project, visit our economic development portal at
The City of Atchison is a municipal corporation led by a CEO (the City Manager), helmed by a democratically chosen Board of Directors (the City Commission), and staffed by about 110 professionals that are proud to call the people of Atchison their family, friends, and neighbors.
Our mission is to apply business-like principles to the values of public services to get a great community built on quality neighborhoods and engaged individuals.
The "products" made by our "company" include water, wastewater service, residential trash collection, public safety services of police and fire protection, streets, parks, support for tourism amenities, community planning and enforcement of property standards, and the management services that make all of this happen.   
We are committed to providing our customers with accessible, professional local government services. We stand at the ready. Let us know how we can help.


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