Nishnabotna Township, Atchison County, Missouri

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Nishnabotna Township
Map highlighting Nishnabotna Township, Atchison County, Missouri.svg
Coordinates: 40°29′31″N 095°37′26″W / 40.49194°N 95.62389°W / 40.49194; -95.62389Coordinates: 40°29′31″N 095°37′26″W / 40.49194°N 95.62389°W / 40.49194; -95.62389
Country United States
State Missouri
County Atchison
 • Total 28.81 sq mi (74.62 km2)
 • Land 28.22 sq mi (73.09 km2)
 • Water 0.59 sq mi (1.52 km2)  2.05%
Elevation[1] 899 ft (274 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 155
 • Density 5/sq mi (2.1/km2)
FIPS code 29-52598[2]
GNIS feature ID 0766237

Nishnabotna Township is one of eleven townships in Atchison County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 155.[3]


Nishnabotna Township was organizd in 1845, taking its name from the Nishnabotna River which flows through it.[4] Nishnabotna is an Indian name meaning "a river where boats were built".[5]


Nishnabotna Township covers an area of 28.8 square miles (74.6 km2) and contains one incorporated settlement, Watson. It contains two cemeteries: Addington and Sonora. The Nishnabotna River enters the Missouri River in the northwest corner of the township. There is little physical relief, as the township lies almost entirely on the floodplains of the two rivers. The stream of High Creek runs through this township. Agriculture is the dominant land use.


Nishnabotna Township contains one airport, Garst Airport.

In the media[edit]

Nishnabotna Township is probably best known outside the immediate region for a reference by the New Yorker cartoonist George Booth, a native of Missouri. In a single-panel cartoon, one threadbare and addled character says to another as they cross a crowded street in New York City: "Mother always says that. Mother always says you have to be a little bit crazy to live in New York. Mother is a little bit crazy, but she doesn't live in New York. Mother lives in Nishnabotna, Missouri."


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Nishnabotna township, Atchison County, Missouri". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Atchison County Place Names, 1928-1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 203. 

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