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Amelia Earhart Birthplace

  • Address: 223 N Terrace St
  • Travel Genus: Sight , Visit
  • Sight Category: Museums

The house where Amelia Earhart was born and raised was built in 1861 by her grandfather, Judge Alfred G Otis, in Atchison, Kansas. Amelia was born in the southwest bedroom on the second floor. Although there is some disagreement as to the date of her birth, records of the Trinity Episcopal Church of Atchison indicate the date was July 24, 1897. Her father, Edwin Stanton Earhart, was a lawyer whose position as claims agent for a railroad required him to travel a great deal. Consequently Amelia and her sister Muriel stayed with their grandparents much of the time. In one of her books Amelia mentioned that she had attended grammar school in Atchison until the eighth grade and had skipped two grades in the process. Even though she lived in many different cities, Amelia considered Atchison her hometown. It is probable that she spent more time in the house she was born in, called the Otis House, than anywhere else. The Amelia Earhart Birthplace represents one of the few remaining tangible associations with this famous aviation pilot. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1868/00/00 Built 1866-1868
1897/07/24 Amelia Earhart Born Born Amelia Earhart's Birthday

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Particulars for Amelia Earhart Birthplace:
Criteria Consideration Birth place or grave
Sight Category Building
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Transportation

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 71000302
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Transportation
Applicable Criteria: Person
Criteria Consideration: Birth place or grave
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1861
Associated People: Earhart,Amelia
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling

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