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Spotlight On: Atchison, Kansas

July 22, 2011

Squeezed against the western banks of the Missouri River in north-eastern Kansas, Atchison was founded as a riverboat town, and has grown over the years to a town based on transportation and agriculture. This small town has served history well, preserving countless historic buildings and fine examples of Victorian architecture. Atchison, Kansas served as the head of the Atchison & Topeka Railroad, chartered by the state in 1859— one of the most important railroads to the West, and some parts of this railroad were even laid over the ruts left by the original Santa Fe wagon trail. Lewis and Clark are believed to have celebrated the first Independence Day west of the Mississippi only three miles north of modern-day Atchison, Kansas, however the biggest claim to fame in Atchison is serving as birthplace and home to the famed aviatrix, Amelia Earhart! Keep reading while we share some of the finer points of a trip to Atchison, Kansas.

The Glick Mansion houses the lodging choice for this trip— Tuck U Inn at Glick Mansion. The Innkeeper, Chris Wildy, spared no expense in preparing this home as a luxuriant Inn, where five guest rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques and new items alike. The decor lends to a very comfortable, better-than-home atmosphere in Tuck U Inn, and each guest room has its own distinctive style, as well as a private bath. Breakfasts at Tuck U Inn at Glick Mansion are served by candlelight, a three-course affair served in the dining room, the tile-floored sunroom, or the screened porch depending on the weather. Tuck U Inn at Glick Mansion is located at the intersection of N. 2nd St. at Parallel St. in Atchison, only a couple blocks from the river. You can learn more about this Inn, as well as see room photos, make reservations or contact the innkeeper for information by visiting their website. Just click here!

After getting a good night’s rest, and refueling with a fantastic breakfast at the Inn, head out on the town and start exploring! Atchison, Kansas’ beautiful Victorian architecture has been so well preserved, that you may never realize just how far you’ve walked in a day, exploring down residential streets and enjoying the beautiful sights. Of course, if you want a closer look at the historic architecture, see the Evah C. Cray Historical Home. The Evah C. Cray Historical Home is a 25-room mansion, exhibiting the absolute opulence of the Victorian era. The house was built in 1882, and features a 3-story tower, ornate fireplaces, hand-carved woodwork and original chandeliers. Call 913-367-3046 for information on hours, admission prices and special events at the home.

History and aviation lovers will adore the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, another fantastic example of historic architecture, which was built by Amelia Earhart’s grandfather in the 1860′s. The house has been restored to its turn-of-the-century (that is, the 20th century,) appearance when Amelia was living here with her grandparents. You can call 913-367-4217 for more information, or visit their website by clicking this link!

For a better look into Atchison County’s history, it’s a short walk to the Atchison County Historical Society, where exhibits share Atchison’s local history with visitors from around the world. The museum was founded in 1967 and is committed to preserving, promoting, and sharing the history of Atchison County. The Museum is located at 200 S. 10th Street in Atchison, Kansas, and you can visit the Atchison Historical Society’s website for more information, by clicking this link.

For a town of just over 11,000 people, Atchison exudes a unique small-town charm and friendly atmosphere which brings visitors from around the country for get-aways from the day-to-day bore of suburban and city life. In addition to all of the historical attractions, the town features a fantastic shopping district with antique shops, boutiques, and interesting family-owned stores, including some where little has changed in the last hundred years. For more information on the town of Atchison, Kansas, you can visit their Chamber of Commerce website by clicking this link.


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