Area Information


Over 300 years ago, the area around present-day Atchison was home to the Kansa Indians. Lewis & Clark noted their abandoned village when they explored the area on July 4, 1804 and celebrated the first Independence Day in the American West.

Fifty years after Lewis & Clark's visit, the Kansas Territory was opened and Atchison became one of its first settlements. On July 20, 1854, men from Platte City, Mo., crossed the Missouri River and staked out a townsite they named for David Rice Atchison, a noted Missouri senator.

Atchison was incorporated as a town by the Territorial Legislature on Aug. 30, 1855 and incorporated as a city on Feb. 12, 1858. Atchison soon became a leading commercial center. The city thrived because it had one of the best steamboat landings on the Missouri River, wagon roads to the West and it was several miles nearer Denver than other river towns.

We receive approximately 36 inches of rain per year and 20 inches of snowfall. On average, we have 210 sunny days annually. The July high is around 89 degrees while the January low is 18.

Our younger residents can attend the Atchison Public Schools school district with three schools serving more than 1,600 students. The Bert Nash Intermediate School is a public school separate from the district, which serves less than 100 students in grades 7-12. Private schools in the city include Trinity Lutheran School, Atchison Catholic Elementary School and Maur Hill Mount Academy. Institutes of high education include Benedictine College and Northeast Kansas Technical College.


Leisure activities are abundant for residents as well as visitors. Recreational opportunities include organized sports for youth and adults, visual and performing arts, museums and a year-round calendar of festivals and special events. Several beautiful city parks offer swimming, field sports, horseshoes, hiking, biking, fishing, camping and picnicking.

Atchison is proclaimed to be the most haunted town in Kansas, so much so that a haunted homes tour is available on the Atchison Trolley. This old town once played host to over 1,600 wagons per day as settlers made their way west enroute to the gold Fields of California in the 1850's. Some of these early settlers have apparently chosen to stay in Atchison in a ghostly form. The town is full of stories about ghostly sightings and other paranormal events.

Our town is a charming and historic town on the bluffs of the Missouri River in the northeast corner of Kansas. It is noted for its grand Victorian homes along brick-paved streets and its important role in the early history of Kansas. Atchison is a great place for business and living. Visit our United Country office and let us show you what Atchison has to offer.

United Country Gateway Realty & Auction, offers a fine selection Atchison Kansas real estate including country homes, historic property, recreational property, land for sale and waterfront property in Atchison County in Northeastern Kansas. In addition, we offer rural property listings including farms for sale, vacant land, ranches, river property, hunting land, wooded acreage, commercial businesses and other rural real estate. Come and find out for yourself why this is a great place to live. Visit our United Country office and let us show you what Atchison has to offer.

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