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Atchison County Historical Society

Santa Fe Depot
200 S. 10th St.
Atchison  Kansas  66002
United States
(913) 367-6238
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Midwest Living Review

Kit Bernardi
The museum tells Atchison County's story as a gateway to the West, chronicling Lewis and Clark, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and railroad history.

Atchison is a place where many American dreams began. Here, homesteading pioneers started their westward-bound wagon trains across the Kansas prairie. Aviatrix Amelia Earhart first dreamed of flight while growing up here. Abraham Lincoln stopped here on his campaign trail. And at the Atchison County Historical Society in the 1880 Santa Fe Railroad Depot, you can learn about it all through graphic dioramas and historic artifacts. Exhibits on explorers Lewis and Clark explain frontier Atchison history. There's a collection of more than 200 military weapons spanning the Revolutionary, Civil and both World Wars. Board mighty steam locomotives and rail cars. County museum admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. You also can buy tickets for the Atchison Trolley Tours here. Five miles north of the depot along the Missouri River, the restored Lewis and Clark Earth Lodge historical site at Independence Creek recently opened (no admission). A 10-mile hiking trail loops around the former Kanza Indian village location. Take the self-guided tour or book a guided one through the Atchison County Historical Society.

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