Population: 183 (2017 Census)

Source: United States Census Bureau

FUN FACT: The Atlanta Labor Day Celebration boasts the second largest parade in Cowley County.

Located in northeastern Cowley County is the county’s prime example of rural living — Atlanta. The community, which was incorporated in 1885, was founded as a cattle-shipping station along the Frisco Railroad. Agriculture continues to play a vital role in its local economy. 

Atlanta residents are vested in their community. The fire department boasts 23 volunteers and an impressive inventory of equipment that is used to protect and serve the 180-square-mile district. Recent improvements include the addition of $500,000 in equipment to the fire department and $30,000 in the updating of Couch Memorial Park. The community may be small, but it is large at heart. It is not only a safe, rural setting in which to raise a family, but is easily accessible to those traversing the county and neighboring Wichita for pleasure and employment. 

Atlanta offers many opportunities for all demographics through its various organizations, churches, new schools and recreation commission. Population of 195 according to the 2010 census. School district is Central USD 462

Fun and Entertainment 

Atlanta Labor Day
 Atlanta Labor Day Festival is held every year during Labor Day Weekend. Lots of new events and activities! This annual event is a historic part of the City of Atlanta, and provides the opportunity for all residents, families, and general public to learn more about the history of the founding of the town, and to catch up with old friends, make new friends, and enjoy a wide variety of exciting events for all ages. Come and enjoy an old fashioned celebration with a modern flare! Our goal is to celebrate the past, the present, and the future! 

This year, on Monday, we will be having a dedication of our old water tower and a memorial for our Mayor, Carolyn Wilson, who passed away in December of 2019. Both the dedication and memorial items will be constructed using steel from the old water tower. 

On Saturday, September 4th the festivities start with concert at the ball field beginning at 7:00pm and ending at 11:00pm                           

On Sunday, 9:30 am, there will be a community church service at the Atlanta Community Building on Main Street. Also on Sunday, there is an annual softball tournament that will take place all day and into the evening at the ball field.

On Monday, the all day festivities start with a kiddie parade, then the 2nd largest parade in Cowley County! Afterwards, lunch will be served at the Atlanta community building with all sales going towards the maintenance of the community building. During the afternoon, there is a wide variety of events planned. Cake Walk, Kid Games, Car Show, Inflatables, free watermelon feed, horse shoe and corn hole tournaments at the city park, bingo and prize drawings at the community building, craft & quilt show at Cornerstone Church. The event ends with a free bean feed and the main prize drawings at the community building. This year's prizes are a 55" JVC ROKU 4K smart TV, and a ACER Chromebook 15. There will also be a wide variety of smaller prizes with winners posted at the community building throughout the afternoon. Please visit the Atlanta Labor Day Facebook page for times of events and other specifics. Raffle tickets and buttons can be purchased at the Atlanta Cafe, Atlanta Valley CO-OP, and at the Atlanta City Hall. The two main prize winners do not have to be present to win.

Hunting in Cowley County 
Hunting in Cowley County and the surrounding areas offer premier options for hunting upland and timberland prairie game. Whether it's whitetail deer or bobwhite quail, this area has excellent habitat. Popular game include turkeys, ducks and geese, doves, coyotes, squirrel, bobcats and other small-game animals. Hunters can find free access to public lands or pay to hunt on private lands. 

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism 

Businesses, Churches and Tourism 

Thriving businesses, churches and tourism locations in Atlanta include:

Atlanta Country Cafe 

  323 Main St, Atlanta

  Monday – Saturday: 7 am – 2 pm
  Sunday: closed
  With a wide assortment of sandwiches and burgers, there’s a lot to offer including home-cooked daily specials. Fresh hotcakes among many other breakfast items served until 11 am, and dinnertime options like burgers and chicken fried steaks are common. Historical pictures of Atlanta grace the interior walls and a mural of The Caboose Museum is proudly displayed outside.

Cornerstone Church 
  422 Main, Atlanta
  Sunday school 9:30 am; Sunday worship 10:30 am; Sunday prayer service 6:00 pm. Sunday evening 7-12 youth group, Wednesday 4:30 Kid Zone (Grades K-8, September- May) Wednesday evening prayer group 7:00pm.

Cowley County Barn Quilt Trail
Many colorful barn quilts are located in Burden and the surrounding area. Visit the quilts around the city and beyond using the Google Map of Cowley County Barn Quilt Trail!

Cowley County Stone Arch Bridges
  Seek out the 18 historical stone arch bridges in Cowley County.

  Timber Creek Bridge east of Atlanta

Flint Hills Aromatherapy
  2322 211th Road, Atlanta
  Health products that use only natural, renewable ingredients. Healthy for humans, safe for the environment.  Online shopping also available.

Iron Horse Antiques and Crafts 
  319 Main Street, Atlanta 620.394.1378 Antiques and collectibles in downtown Atlanta. Open by chance or by appointment.

Prairie View United Methodist Church 
  17058 22nd Rd, Atlanta
  Sunday Worship service at 10:30am

Timber Creek Friends Church
  5 miles east and 1.5 miles north of Atlanta on 261st Rd. Sunday school at 9:30 am; Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am and 7:00pm

Valley Coop
  410 Locust Street, Atlanta
  Not only can you find ag and livestock product; but snacks and drinks are also offered at the Co-op.

Atlanta Public Officials


Carolyn Wilson


Darren Underwood

Warren Hahn

Beverly Yarbrough

Lyle Burwell

Karen Carr

Meetings are the 3rd Monday, 7:00 pm

420 Omnia
  PO Box 15
  Atlanta, KS 67008
  (620) 394-2220 Fax: (620) 394-2820
  Office Hours: F 830 am-5:30 pm

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