Atchison County, Kansas

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Atchison County (county code AT) is a county located in Northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was estimated to be 16745 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Atchison.[2] The county is named in honor of David Rice Atchison, a United States Senator from Missouri.

The Atchison Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Atchison County.


Law and government

Atchison County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 435 square miles (1,126.6 km2), of which 432 square miles (1,118.9 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2), or 0.62%, is water.[4]

On July 4, 1804, to mark Independence Day, the Lewis and Clark Expedition named Independence Creek (River) located near the city of Atchison (see Timeline of the Lewis and Clark Expedition).

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