The city of Branson, Missouri, is known as the "live music show capital of the world". It has more than 100 live shows and attracts millions of visitors each year.
Atchison County, Missouri, located in the northwestern part of the state, has a rich and diverse history that spans several centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Ioway, Otoe, and Missouria peoples. European settlement in the region began in the early 19th century, with French fur traders and explorers making their way through the area.

The county was officially established in 1845 and named after David Rice Atchison, a U.S. Senator from Missouri. Atchison County played a significant role in the westward expansion of the United States, serving as a stopping point for pioneers traveling on the Oregon and California Trails. The county's location along the Missouri River made it a strategic and vital transportation hub during this time.

During the American Civil War, Atchison County saw its share of conflict and division. While some residents supported the Union cause, others sympathized with the Confederacy. The county experienced several skirmishes and raids, and there was a notable incident known as the "Platte Bridge Railroad War" in 1861, involving the destruction of a railroad bridge by Confederate forces.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Atchison County saw economic prosperity through agriculture, specifically with corn and livestock production. The county also became a center for the railway industry, with several lines passing through and contributing to the growth of towns like Rock Port and Tarkio. Today, Atchison County remains an important agricultural area, and its towns and communities continue to preserve their historical heritage.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Atchison County, Missouri.

  • 1820: Atchison County is organized and established
  • 1837: The first county courthouse is built in Atchison County
  • 1855: The Missouri Pacific Railroad reaches Atchison County
  • 1860-1865: Atchison County is heavily impacted by the American Civil War
  • 1875: The town of Tarkio is incorporated in Atchison County
  • 1896: Construction begins on the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad
  • 1917-1918: Atchison County contributes to World War I efforts
  • 1935: The Second New Deal's Works Progress Administration (WPA) initiates several public works projects in Atchison County
  • 1965: The Rock Port Airport is constructed in Atchison County
  • 1993: The Mill Creek Flood damages areas of Atchison County
  • 2021: Atchison County continues to thrive with agriculture and tourism industries