Atchison, Kansas is located less than an hour north of Kansas City on Kansas Highway Seven. With a population of more than 11,000 living souls and unknown exact number of restless souls, it is reputed to be the most haunted city in Kansas.
When visiting Atchison your first stop should be the Visitor Information Center located in the restored Santa Fe Depot located at 200 South 10th. Besides the visitor’s bureau inside the depot is the Atchison County Historical Society Museum, which has a display of Amelia Earhart’s personal property. Outside the depot is the Atchison Rail Museum on the east end of the parking lot. The trains on display are available for viewing throughout the year.
No trip to Atchison would be complete without a ride on the Haunted Trolley Tour. You’ll get a guided tour of some of the city’s most famous haunts and hear the stories behind them. The tour starts at the Tourist Center. Once you return you can go inside the depot and purchase a copy of ‘Haunted Atchison, The Collected Stories’, published by the Atchison Chamber of Commerce. For more information and schedules for the Haunted Tour, or to purchase a copy of the book, contact the Chamber of Commerce at www.atchisonkansas.net or call 1-800-234-1854.
Other attractions, which may or may not be haunted, include the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, Muchnic Art Gallery, the B. P. Waggener Home (also know as the Gargoyle House) and the Evan C. Cray Historical Home Museum, to name a few. No lists could be complete without mentioning Sallie House, the most infamous haunted house in Atchison. The house and its haunts have been featured on several television shows over the years.
If you want to dine with the ghosts, Riverhouse Restaurant, at 101 Commercial Street and Paolucci’s at 113 South 3rd are two reported to be haunted. Both are located on the east side of the downtown area. The Riverhouse does have a scenic view of the river to add to your dining experience.
The Atchison Visitors Guide lists 22 sites of interest throughout the town of Atchison. This doesn’t include all the retail shops and other businesses downtown. Finding that the town is more than a traveler can do in one day you can take advantage of Tuck-U-Inn at Glick Manson Bed and Breakfast, The Inn on Oak Street, Super 8 Motel or Americinn Motel & Suites for your nights accommodations.
Try not to leave town with more spirits than you came with.