Atchison Visitor Center -- ATSF Depot, Atchison KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 39° 33.599 W 095° 07.637
15S E 317247 N 4381082
Quick Description: The Atchison Chamber of Commerce operates a local visotor center in the historic 1880 Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad depot downtown.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 4/4/2013 7:46:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMGRAD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The historic Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad depot at Atchison KS is a relic of the days when Atchison was a railhead for cattle, goods, and people making their way east or west.

The depot is a beautiful and impressive stone building with ATSF-red trim. The depot has been restored and is now home to the fascinating Atchison history museum and a local visitor information center operated by the Atchison Chamber of Commerce.

From the Wonders of Atchison website: (visit link)

"(3) The Atchison Santa Fe Depot:

(1880) This 1880 Depot is built of Kansas native limestone and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The last remaining building of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in Atchison the Depot is truly the center of history and tourism for Atchison County – today housing the Atchison County Historical Society Museum, the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center with the Atchison Rail Museum (operated by the North East Kansas Railroaders, Inc.) just across the parking lot. The building was built in 1880 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad with an addition added around 1909 to double the number of freight bays. The unique freight house was used by the AT&SF as well as the Rock Island Railroad and thousands of tons of freight were delivered to Atchison County through this building. In continual use for the railroad into the 1970s the last years it was used by both the railroad and local moving companies for storage and freight. Donated to the City of Atchison in 1986 the building opened as the current museum and visitor center in 1989." [end]
Hours of Operation:
Sundays - closed Monday-Friday 9am-4pm Saturday 10am-4pm

Public Washrooms: Mens, Womens, Family and Handicapped

Snacks/Drinks at the facility: No - Look elsewhere

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