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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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Marquette's Historic Downtown

The downtown area of Marquette was built in the 1880's and 1890's, and has been restored to its turn of the century appearance. Most of Marquette'

Marquette, KS Historic Downtowns

Gen. James Birdseye McPherson Statue

The equestrian statue that overlooks Memorial Park was dedicated in 1917 in a ceremony that attracted 40,000

McPherson, KS Memorials

Range School Museum

This authentic one-room schoolhouse was moved into Marquette from its location northwest of town. It was built in 1906, and is very unique because of its all-wood interior. It has been beautifully restored and is operated as a museum by the Marquette Historical Society. It was moved here in 1986

Marquette, KS Historic Schoolhouses

City Parks

Swensson Park is located at 400 N. Main Street between Olsson and Swensson Streets. It provides picnic facilities, a children's playground, lily pond, the community bandshell, and tennis courts.

Lucia Park, 105

Lindsborg, KS Recreation

Hanson-Lindfors Home

This 16 room Victorian house was built in 1888 for Hans Hanson, one of the town founders. Restored to its original appearance, it is completely furnished with antiques, some original to the home. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Marquette, KS Historic Homes

Lindsborg Golf Course

The Lindsborg GolSeason: Year-round, weather permitting Course Type: City of Lindsborg Municipal course, pasture style. Original greens were cotton seed hull instead of sand. Surrounded by wheat, milo fields, crop ground and cattle. Course Designer:Hilding Jaderborg Year Built: 1960 Facilities &

Lindsborg, KS Golf Courses

Coronado Heights

Coronado Heights is a twenty-six acre virgin prairie park overlooking the Smoky Valley. The first buildings of Lindsborg were at the foot of this hill. Legend says it was also a lookout for Coronado's party on their 1541 journey into Kansas. This is one of the two highest lookout points in Kansas.

Lindsborg, KS Landmarks

Bethany Lutheran Church

The interior of this historic church is reminiscent of churches in rural Sweden with a hand-crafted altar and large oil paintings.

Lindsborg, KS Historic Churches

McPherson County Courthouse

The cornerstone for this magnificent city landmark was laid in 1894 at a building cost of $35,000. The courthouse, built of native Kansas limestone, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was completely refurbished in 1980. The 105

McPherson, KS Historic Courthouses

Art in Public Places

A project of the Lindsborg Arts Council, Art in Public Places is a walking tour of the wide variety of displays in downtown Lindsborg. The multi media displays include paintings, tilework, sculpute and reliefs. Pick up a brochure at the Lindsborg CVB located at 104

Lindsborg, KS Art

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

Raymer's Red Barn Studio

The Raymer Society for the Arts presents Lester Raymer'

Lindsborg, KS Arts

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