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McPherson County, KS

McPherson CountyMost of the early settlers of McPherson County came from the east lured by the promise of free land. The Santa Fe Trail which crosses the county just south of McPherson is a current reminder of the early heritage of the county. Marked with monuments where it crosses the county's highways, the variations the trail left on the terrain are still visible from aerial photos.


McPherson County offers a rich diversity of historic, cultural, and natural attractions. It was settled primarily by Swedish, German, Swiss, and Volga German immigrants whose heritage is very alive across the county. Enjoy historical celebrations in full native costumes each summer and fall in Lindsborg, "Little Sweden, U.S.A." and the Scottish Highland Games at McPherson. Native prairie can still be found in this area, some of which overlooks the Smoky Valley. The county also includes some of the finest cultural attractions in the area.

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Early Residents Walking Tour

"Where Did They Live? Early Residences of Lindsborg, KS." This is a self guided street /

Lindsborg, KS Historic Homes

Henry Park

Whether you are looking for family gatherings or a one on one outting, Henry Park is the place with plenty of well kept grass and a shaded playground area with a picnic shelter, tables, restroom, and a tennis court.

Galva, KS Recreation

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

No other place in Kansas can buffalo and elk be viewed as they can at the 2800-acre Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. Voted as one of 8

Canton, KS Wildlife Refuges

McPherson County Old Mill Museum

The Museum complex includes the restored 1898

Lindsborg, KS Museums

City Parks

The beautiful native stone park entrances to Marquette's City Park were built in the 1920's by local stone masons. They were donated by various organizations in the community which engraved their names on the posts.

Swimming Pool

Marquette'

Marquette, KS Recreation

Anton Pearson Woodcarving Studio

The Pearson Woodcarving Studio, located is the oldest artist's studio in Lindsborg, preserves the memory of early pioneers. Son in law, Norman Malm, a prolific artist, continues the woodcarving tradition. A large collection of his pen and ink drawings and satire cartoons are shown as well. Norman'

Lindsborg, KS Art Galleries

Stan Herd Mural

The Stan Herd mural painted in 1986 on a building on Main Street shows the artist's vision of how Inman might have looked in 1910

Inman, KS Arts

Höglund Dugout

Arriving in the fall of 1868, Gustaf Hoglund proceeded to dig a dugout to serve as some protection. The dugout served as the family home until 1874. The Smoky Valley Historical Association maintains the Hoglund Dugout, now a historical site marking an example of an early Scandinavian home.

Lindsborg, KS Historic Sites

Välkommen Trail

Välkommen Trail is a 2.5 mile all-weather bicycle and pedestrian trail. The trail was converted from the abandoned Missouri - Pacific and Union Pacific rail beds. Take time to read the historical signage emphasizing points of interest about Lindsborg'

Lindsborg, KS Trails

Galva Museum

Since the late 19th century and throughout the 20th century, the stone building has been an integral part of the Galva community. The two-story natural limestone building (referred to as the only skyscraper in Galva) was built in the early 1880s. It measured 100 feet by 25

Galva, KS Museums

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