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Missouri River
Dottie and the Mighty Missouri The mighty Missouri River cuts into the northeast corner of Kansas, keeping us from becoming "just another" rectangular state. Flowing southeast through Nebraska, it turns west toward Atchison, then--just below Atchison--swings back east to join the Kansas River in Kansas City and flows on eastward to the Mississippi River. The Missouri is wide enough and deep enough for barge river traffic.

St. Benedict's Abbey
abbey tree in bloom commons grounds, facing college buildings Benedictine church The Benedictine monks established St. Benedict's Abbey in the late 1850's. About 40 monks reside at the abbey, which was completed in 1929. The church was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and was completed in 1957. The abbey is associated with Benedictine College at the site.

Lewis and Clark Expedition
On July 4, 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through what is now Atchison and camped near the site of a former Indian village. In honor of the day, they named two local streams--Fourth of July 1804 Creek and Independence Creek. They had just started their Voyage of Discovery up the Missouri River.

About Amelia
Amelia's birthplace Amelia's cross stitch World-famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart was born in her grandparents' Atchison home on July 24, 1897. She spent much time in her formative years at Atchison. The Atchison Co. Historical Society has a nice display of Amelia memoribilia. Her grandparents home may be toured.

memorial to the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
Cyrus K. Holliday and associates incorporated the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in Atchison. By the 1880's, Atchison was one of the major rail centers of the state. The AT&SF railroad is now a part of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Santa Fe engine, docorate for parade
Forest of Friendship
The International Forest of Friendship at Warnock Lake is a living, growing memorial to those who have been involved in aviation and space exploration. The site was established as a bicentennial project by the City of Atchison and The Ninty-Nines Inc., an international organization of women pilots. Each June, new honorees are inducted into the forest with plaques embedded in the walkway that winds through trees representing all 50 states and over 35 countries in which forest honorees reside.
Lindberg memorial walkway, Forest of Friendship cicle commemorating female flyers memorial to Christa McAuliffe, astronaut tribute to our friend, Al Clovis tribute to Sally Ride, astronaut
Amelia Earhart

base of Amelia's sculpture
David T.S. Jones
(see comment, below)

Amerlia, looking northwest Amelia, looking south A life-size bronze statue of Amelia Earhart gazes over the Forest of Friendship. Also near Warnock Lake is a commemorative earthwork by Kansas artist Stan Herd. Composed in 1997 of permanent plantings, stone and other natural materials, the work is most impressive when viewed from the air.

Our Traveling Friends highly recommend
the River House for fine dining, Paolucci's for causual lunch, Nell Hill's (downtown on the Commerical Street Mall) when shopping for the home, touring the local Victorian mansions, and visiting the Atchison County Historical Society museum, located in the old Santa Fe depot at 200 S. 10th.
pedestrian mall shopping area our traveling friends traveling library in the Harder's van

EMAIL received about this site:
I enjoyed your web page showing the Amelia Earhart displays. I was particularly pleased by the photos of the bronze statue, because my brother, David T. S. Jones was the sculptor of that statue. I remember going to his studio and seeing the clay ("Plasticene") model that he made and then took to the foundry to have it cast in bronze. Thanks for bringing back some good memories! Faith K. Brown

See also: November '99 Trip to Atchison

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