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Atchison in Atchison County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Atchison WWI Factory Supported Freedom

Atchison County Historic Site

 
 
Atchison WWI Factory Supported Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 28, 2011
1. Atchison WWI Factory Supported Freedom Marker
Inscription.
At this site Atchison Leather Products operated a grease factory that filled a vital need to keep the world free. Before World War I the only factory producing a certain grease needed in munitions production and packing was in Italy. With the war looming, Italy ceased exporting to try to stay out of the coming conflict. This void left factories in England and the US unable to pack needed munitions. Atchison Leather [P]roducts began construction sometime after 1910 and operated this factory through the end of World War I, helping in the homefront war effort and exporting to England to supply those fighting to keep Europe and the world free.

This long forgotten site, the remaining foundation of the Atchison Leather Products Co. Factory No. 2, was uncovered during the Riverfront Revitalization Project in 2004 and documented by Robert Thompson, local archeologist
 
Erected by Atchison County Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 33.765′ N, 95° 6.827′ W. Marker is in Atchison, Kansas, in Atchison County. Marker is on River Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is opposite the Atchison Riverfront Park, about 400 feet north of the intersection of River Road and Commerce Street. Marker is in this post office area: Atchison KS 66002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Atchison WWI Factory Supported Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 28, 2011
2. Atchison WWI Factory Supported Freedom Marker
Looking south along River Road, with factory foundation at right
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Under a large Cottonwood... (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis Discovers a High Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); "the water...contains a half...Glass of ooze" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Homeland of the Kanza Indians (about 300 feet away); The Lewis and Clark Expedition (about 400 feet away); "walked on Shore above this Creek" (about 400 feet away); Amelia Earhart Historic District (about 400 feet away); Butterfield's Overland Dispatch (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Atchison.
 
Also see . . .  Albert C. Berger, Founder, in "A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans". (Submitted on July 16, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar, World I
 
Photo on Atchison WWI Factory Supported Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1910
3. Photo on Atchison WWI Factory Supported Freedom Marker
[Caption reads] The photograph above shows the Atchison Leather Products Co. Factory No. 2 under construction around 1910. Note the cottonwood tree in the background, still standing today.
Cottonwood opposite Atchison WWI Factory image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 28, 2011
4. Cottonwood opposite Atchison WWI Factory
Seen in marker photo, with Missouri River in background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 529 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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