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Atkinson is located in Holt County, which is in the north central part of Nebraska. It lies in the Elkhorn Valley, near the north bank of the Elkhorn River. U.S. Highway 20 and State Highway 11 intersect here, making the city a thoroughfare for many in-state, as well as out-of-state travelers. The cultural community of Atkinson is a mixture of the people living in and near town, as well as many families living on outlying farms and ranches.
Our city government includes an elected mayor and city council. Even though we are a small town, we have a robust health care community including a full-service hospital, medical clinic, lab, pharmacy, dental clinic, eye care clinic and chiropractic office. We also have an independent living facility, an assisted living facility and a long-term care nursing home. The Atkinson Rescue Squad is comprised of emergency medical technicians and paramedics who operate three certified ambulances which are owned by the fire district. The Atkinson Volunteer Fire Department has advanced firefighting capabilities which are fueled by highly committed and well-trained volunteers. It has over 39 members and covers not only the City of Atkinson, but the surrounding rural areas as well.
Our community features a new public school campus which includes all grade levels from preschool through senior high. Enrollment is currently more than 350 students. Atkinson also has a parochial school available which is associated with St. Joseph Catholic Church.
The Atkinson Community Center is a 10,500 square-foot facility that is home to many events from antique shows, gun shows and auctions of all kinds, to wedding receptions, family reunions and the post-prom party. We also can boast a new library, golf course and public swimming pool.
We still enjoy the benefit of a weekly newspaper, The Atkinson Graphic, and several area radio stations provide personalized programming benefiting the area.
To view historical information about the City of Atkinson, visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's website at https://casde.unl.edu/history/counties/holt/atkinson/.