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The United States of America is a country in North America that extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and shares land borders with Canada and Mexico. The United States is a federal constitutional republic, with its capital in Washington, D.C., District of Columbia.
Atchison is a city situated along the Missouri River in the eastern part of Atchison County, located in northeast Kansas, in the central United States. The population was estimated to be 10,169 in the year 2005. It is the county seat and most populous city of Atchison County. The city is named in honor of David Rice Atchison, United States senator from Missouri, and was the original eastern terminus of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad.
Atchison was the birthplace of aviatrix Amelia Earhart. The Amelia Earhart festival held each July annually attracts an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 people. Atchison is also the home of Benedictine College, a small Catholic liberal-arts college. Atchison was founded in 1854 and named in honor of Senator Atchison, who, when Kansas was opened for settlement, interested some of his friends in the scheme of forming a city in the new territory.
Atchison was one of the first cities in Kansas to be connected by telegraph with the east. In 1859 the St. Louis and Missouri valley telegraph company extended its line from Leavenworth to Atchison. In 1911, the following railroads all ran into the city Burlington and Missouri river; Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe; Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific; Hannibal and St. Joseph; Kansas City, St. Joseph and Council Bluffs and the Missouri Pacific.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.7 percent under the age of 18, 13.8 percent from 18 to 24, 23.5 percent from 25 to 44, 19.5 percent from 45 to 64, and 17.5 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males. As it is often regarded as among the most beautiful parts and one of the most visited places amongst the most die-hard travelers the world over.

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