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Tarkio is a city and a township in Atchison County, Missouri. Founded by Charles E. Perkins in 1880, the community was named for the Indian word for a place where walnuts grow. Although its early economy was based on agriculture, Tarkio was a college town from 1883 to 1992, when it was home to Tarkio College, which was closed after filing for bankruptcy protection in 1991. The college reopened in 2012, but as a continuing education facility for professionals. The Tarkio College Alumni Association has rented the main campus building and is restoring it. Tarkio is situated along US Highway 136 and US Highway 59, which intersect in the southern section of the city. Rock Port and Phelps City are to the west, Linden is northwest, Westboro is north, and Fairfax is south. Lincoln, Nebraska is ninety miles northwest, and St. Joseph, Missouri is sixty-four miles southeast.



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