The Atchison County Memorial Building is more than a memorial to the Veterans of Atchison County. It is a tribute to the spirit, initiative and determination of our progressive forefathers to make Atchison County the leader in Missouri.
The vision and erection of this Memorial Building was a natural response to the ending of the "War to End All Wars", World War I. The $50,000 that was pledged throughout the county in 1919-1921 demonstrated the sense of unity that our people developed during this period.
The Memorial Building was used extensively until the advent of the television. Dance bands, and traveling theatre groups used the 700 seat theatre that is located on the second level. School activities were held in the building, the upstairs was also one of the sights for viewing movies. Many fond memories were made in the grand old building.
The Atchison County Memorial Building is one of many significant landmarks that can attract recognition to our county: Atchison County Courthouse, Tarkio College Campus, The Manse in Tarkio, the North Polk School House in Tarkio, Atchison County Library, Fairfax Hospital, Charity Lake, Bald Plated Hills, The Thompson House in Langdon, St. John's Church, St. Oswald's in the Field and the Linden Christian Church