The town of Atwood, Kansas, is
nestled in the heart of the picturesque Beaver Valley in the
northwest corner of the state. Surrounding the town, golden
wheat fields and lush green ranches soak up the sun. A
standing tribute to its early pioneers, Atwood's presence on
the prairie maintains the friendly atmosphere and hard work
ethic from which the town was born. Settled in 1875, it
quickly became home to immigrant families whose descendents
still live, work and prosper in the heart of Rawlins County.
In April 1875, T.A. Andrews and J.M.
Matheny traveled to Rawlins County. They established a town site
about two miles east of the present location, and named the town
Attwood for Matheny's 14-year-old son, who accompanied his
father on the journey. That site was located on land reserved
for a school, so to gain clear title, Attwood was moved to the
present location. In
1882, the Post Office requested permission to drop one
"t", becoming Atwood. Atwood became the official county seat of
Rawlins County in
1881, after a
notorious battle with neighboring Blakeman.
founders of Atwood came in search of a better life and began to
build a community rich in heritage, culture and values. Today
Atwood residents still preserve these early traditions, and
continue to add to Atwood’s legacy through their community
involvement and determined spirit. There may be no better
example of the spirit Atwood residents have for the community
than the Rawlins County Historical
Church project. Sts. Cyril &
Methodius Catholic Church, built in 1906 north of Atwood near
the Nebraska state line, was closed in 1979. Local residents
raised $83,000.00, and moved the church to Atwood in its
entirety. The church now permanently resides next to the Rawlins
County Historical Museum in downtown Atwood. The museum, another
Atwood treasure, is home to the wonderful Rawlins County-history
mural painted by Rawlins County-native Rudolph Wendelin, creator
of Smokey Bear.
Most businesses in Atwood are
either directly involved in
or affected by agriculture. Farm families make up a large,
important section of our community, and their contributions to
our economy allow the town to prosper. Alongside its constant
agricultural economy, Atwood is making great strides in economic
development, working to become an attraction for large and small
businesses alike. New businesses to the county include Surefire
Ag, Great Outdoors Gun Shop, and the Rawlins County Dental
the north edge of Atwood, you will find the winding Beaver Creek
that feeds into Lake Atwood.
This was a partially dry lake bed which Atwood residents
transformed into a 43-acre recreational area that now offers a
popular walking path, lighted basketball court, sand volleyball
pit, and concerts. Lake Atwood is also home to the annual Lake
Atwood 10-Mile Race, which is rated as one of the top-10 road
races in the U.S., and which keeps more detailed records than
any other race in the world.
Nationally known as some of the
best hunting grounds in the country,
hosts pheasant hunters
from across the nation each autumn. Deer, quail, dove and wild
also delight the hunter, who will find a warm welcome and
comfortable accommodations in one of Atwood's fine motels,
bed-and-breakfasts, or one of the hunting lodges that dot the
county's magnificent landscape.
The list of Atwood's attractions go on and on, and one thing is
for certain—you're invited!