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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Atchison, Kansas

Clickable Map of Atchison County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Atchison County, KS (40) Brown County, KS (10) Doniphan County, KS (33) Jackson County, KS (10) Jefferson County, KS (15) Leavenworth County, KS (106) Buchanan County, MO (59) Platte County, MO (72)  AtchisonCounty(40) Atchison County (40)  BrownCounty(10) Brown County (10)  DoniphanCounty(33) Doniphan County (33)  JacksonCounty(10) Jackson County (10)  JeffersonCounty(15) Jefferson County (15)  LeavenworthCounty(106) Leavenworth County (106)  BuchananCountyMissouri(59) Buchanan County (59)  PlatteCounty(72) Platte County (72)
Atchison is the county seat for Atchison County
Atchison is in Atchison County
      Atchison County (40)  
      Brown County (10)  
      Doniphan County (33)  
      Jackson County (10)  
      Jefferson County (15)  
      Leavenworth County (106)  
      Buchanan County, Missouri (59)  
      Platte County, Missouri (72)  
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1Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — "Grand Village des Canzes"Atchison County Historic Site — Lifeways of the Kanza —
Independence Creek was noted as the main settlement of the Kanza Tribe as far back as 1673. By the time French explorer Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont arrived in 1724 this was considered an old village and the capital of the Kanza nation. This . . . Map (db m52993) HM
2Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — "the water…contains a half…Glass of ooze"
"The water we drink or the Common water of the missourie at this time, contains a half a Comm Wine Glass of ooze or mud to every pint-" William Clark June 21, 1804 The Missouri River of Lewis and Clark's era was wild and unpredictable. It . . . Map (db m44801) HM
3Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — "this day being…the 4th of July"
The U.S. Army expedition led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark camped in this vicinity on July 4, 1804. In honor of the nation's 28th birthday, expedition members fired the swivel cannon on the bow of their keelboat once in the morning . . . Map (db m52994) HM
4Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — "walked on Shore above this Creek"
"…Capt. Lewis walked on Shore above this Creek and discovered a high moun from the top of which he had an extensive view, 3 paths Concentering at the moun..." William Clark July 4, 1804
The U.S. Army expedition led . . . Map (db m44812) HM
5Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — 4th of July, 1804 Creek
July 4, 1804 William Clark recorded in his journal that on this date, the Corps of Discovery "Passed a Creek 12 yrs. wide...comeing out of an extensive Prarie reching within 200 yeards of the river, as this Creek has no name, and . . . Map (db m44786) HM
6Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Amelia Earhart was born July 24, 1897 in the home of her grandparents, Alfred G. and Amelia Harres Otis. The home was constructed circa 1860. The Birthplace Museum is owned by The Ninety-Nines, Inc. International Organization of Women . . . Map (db m44630) HM
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7Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Amelia Earhart Historic District
Listed on the National Register on Feb. 1, 2002. It reflects the varied architectural tastes of Atchison's early residents. It contains a collection of architecturally significant building types dating from 1860 - 1928.Map (db m44633) HM
8Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Astronauts of the Shuttle Columbia
In honor of these astronauts who perished serving their country in space on the Shuttle Columbia, February 1, 2003 Rick D. Husband, Commander Wiliam C. McCool, Pilot Michael P. Anderson, Mission Specialist David Brown, Mission . . . Map (db m47686) HM
9Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — 11 — Atchison
On July 4, 1804, Lewis and Clark exploring the new Louisiana Purchase, camped near this site. Fifty years later the town was founded by Proslavery men and named for Sen. D. R. Atchison. The Squatter Sovereign, Atchison's first newspaper, was an . . . Map (db m77888) HM
10Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Atchison County Courthouse
On the Register of National Historic PlacesMap (db m44653) HM
11Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Atchison County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
On the Register of National Historic PlacesMap (db m44776) HM WM
12Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Atchison County World War I Memorial
Let us hold in grateful memory the Atchison County men who gave all for God, Country and Humanity in the World War 1917-1919 [Roll of Honored Dead] Private Bryan Amend Co. C., 140th Inf., 35th Div. Died at Ft. Sill, Okla., Feb. . . . Map (db m44728) WM
13Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Atchison Post Office
On the Register of National Historic PlacesMap (db m52975) HM
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14Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Atchison Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m44815) WM
15Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Atchison WWI Factory Supported FreedomAtchison County Historic Site
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 . . . Map (db m44639) HM
16Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Atchison, KansasBirth Place of Amelia Earhart — July 24, 1897 —
Dedicated May 21, 1982 In memory of A.E. 50th anniversary of her first trans-Atlantic flightMap (db m52974) HM
17Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — B. P. Waggener House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m52984) HM
18Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Birthplace of the Santa Fe Railway Company
To commemorate the birthplace of The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company in Atchison, Kansas February 11, 1859 From this small beginning - a rail line connecting Atchison and Topeka, Kansas - a great transportation system . . . Map (db m44788) HM
19Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Butterfield's Overland Dispatch
Text on the Front of the marker: (picture of Concord Coach) Butterfield's Overland Dispatch 1865 Text on Reverse of marker: Butterfield's Overland Dispatch Established 1865 by David A. Butterfield . . . Map (db m99332) HM
20Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Founding of the Santa Fe Railway
This marker commemorates the founding of The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in Atchison, Kansas September 17, 1860Map (db m44778) HM
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21Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Frank Howard House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m44632) HM
22Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Frank R. Firth
Born in Leicester, Mass. May 25, 1847 Died June 19, 1872 from the effect of a railway accident. Faithful unto death Wisdom is the gray hair unto men and an unspotted life is old age. Erected by the men in the service of the . . . Map (db m77749) HM
23Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Homeland of the Kanza Indians
As early as the 1600s, the Kanza (or Kaw) Indians migrated from their home east of the Mississippi River and up the Missouri River into what is now northeastern Kansas. In the 1700s, the Kanza occupied two villages on the west bank of the Missouri: . . . Map (db m44816) HM
24Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — John Alexander Martin
In memory of a soldier and statesman. John A. Martin Born at Brownsville, Pa. March 10, 1839. Died at Atchison, Kas. Oct. 2, 1889. Colonel of the 8th Kansas Volunteers, and Brevet Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers. Editor & . . . Map (db m77740) HM WM
25Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Lewis Discovers a High Mound
. . . Map (db m44794) HM
26Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Lincoln Address
To commemorate an address given near this corner by Abraham Lincoln on "The Issues of the Day" the night of December 2, 1859 Erected October 2, 1917Map (db m44652) HM
27Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Lincoln SchoolAtchison County Historic Site
"Put the children together, leave them alone, and they will work it out." Dave Carey, Sr. 1955, on integrating Atchison Public Schools The Lincoln School in Atchison, Kansas began in 1921 as the school for all African-American students . . . Map (db m44691) HM
28Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — 5 — Massasoit HouseCompany and Division Headquarters, Added Station — Sep. 14, 1861 - Nov. 20, 1861 —
On September 14, 1861 the "Central Overland California and Pike's Peak Express Co." who were the original owners and operators of the Pony Express moved their offices from the Patee House in St. Joseph, Missouri to here at the "Massasoit House." It . . . Map (db m44626) HM
29Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — 117 — Mormon GroveThe City that Disappeared
Near here, located in a grove of young hickory trees, was an important rallying point in 1855 and 1856 for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), then emigrating to the Rocky Mountains. The campground, really a . . . Map (db m55363) HM
30Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Mount Saint Scholastica Monastery
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m77884) HM
31Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Muchnic House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m52976) HM
32Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — The Bridge Over 4th of July 1804 Creek
This stream was named by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark when they stopped at the present site of Atchison, Kansas on July 4, 1804. The following is an excerpt from Clark's logbook: " this creek has no name, and this being the 4th of . . . Map (db m44784) HM
33Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired . . . Map (db m44807) HM
34Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Under a large Cottonwood…Atchison County Historic Site
Near this site the Atchison Town Company was formed in early July of 1854 under a large Cottonwood tree on the river. The Lewis and Clark expedition rested and dined on corn July 4, 1804 near this same spot. This new Cottonwood tree dedicated . . . Map (db m44635) HM
35Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — USS Arizona Memorial
Dedicated to the 1,177 men who gave their lives on the U.S.S. Arizona and all those who have bravely served the United States of America. Billy Edwin Gibson of Atchison County is entombed in the U.S.S. Arizona. Air raid! Pearl Harbor! . . . Map (db m44640) HM WM
36Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Veterans Memorial
In memory of our departed comradesMap (db m77750) WM
37Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Webster Wirt Hetherington House(Evah C. Cray Historical Home Museum)
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m44690) HM
38Kansas (Atchison County), Atchison — Working Men of the Railroads
The backbreaking work building railroads to the West was accomplished by men, like Thomas W. Haverty from Galway, Ireland. Wielding hammers and driving spikes their labor united a country and made Atchison "The Rail Centre of Kansas" beginning with . . . Map (db m44634) HM
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Dec. 4, 2022