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Atchison, KS

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Benedictine College

Benedictine College

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Red Barn in Atchison

Red Barn in Atchison

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Amelia Earhart's Birthplace

Amelia Earhart's Birthplace

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Fifty miles northwest of Kansas City on Route 7, overlooking the Missouri River, is Atchison, the birthplace of famed aviator Amelia Earhart. Each July the town’s most famous resident is celebrated with a festival in her name. Atchison’s riverfront setting helped birth the town in the mid-1850s as a major trading center, and today its historic charm can be experienced through attractions, museums, and restaurants.

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First Lady of the Air
First Lady of the Air

Amelia Earhart’s birthplace and childhood home is now a memorial and museum, with exhibits about her accomplishments and early life in Kansas.

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On the Trail of African American History
On the Trail of African American History

Leavenworth’s Bethel A.M.E. Church was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. A cultural center across the street explores black history in the U.S.

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Monks at Work
Monks at Work

Guests are welcome to join prayer services or tour St. Benedict’s Abbey. Buy monk-made peanut brittle, featuring heirloom peanuts grown at the abbey.

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One of America’s Oldest Military Installations
One of America’s Oldest Military Installations

Fort Leavenworth is home to the Buffalo Soldier Monument and the Frontier Army Museum. Show an ID at the gate to tour this active military base.

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Step Into the Victorian Era
Step Into the Victorian Era

Victorian architecture dominates the streetscape of historic Atchison. Visit the Muchnic Gallery to see local artists’ work, or even take a yoga class.

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