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Hillsboro, Kansas

Hillsboro, Kansas

Hillsboro is nestled among three famous trails. Pioneers traveled the Gnadenau Trail to settle the area in 1874. During the 1860s-70s, ranchers drove cattle from Texas up the Chisholm Trail just west of Hillsboro to Abilene. Throughout the 1800s, merchants drove supplies west along the Santa Fe Trail north and west of Hillsboro, which is located on the Auto Tour Route of the trail.

Hillsboro has a state wide reputation as a most progressive community and rises above the rolling prairie of central Kansas as a monument to the labor and vision of those who went before.

In Hillsboro, drama and art mix with hometown hospitality to form a rich and inviting cultural heritage. Tabor College, a four year liberal arts institution, also adds to the diversity of cultural and sporting events.

Standing on the threshold of its second century, Hillsboro welcome visitors to enjoy an area known for its rich history, exciting recreation and scenic beauty.

Come be a part of life's celebrations. Come to Hillsboro!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Historic Mennonite Brethren Church

This is the oldest Mennonite Brethren church building in the United States. Built in 1893, it was the first classroom of Tabor College, a Mennonite Brethren liberal arts college. The Mennonite Brethren Church is one of several distinct denominational families within the larger Mennonite/

Hillsboro, KS Historic Churches

Salem Orphan's Home Cemetery

Although known as the Salem Orphan's Home Cemetery, this field of graves once belonged to the Industrial School and Hygiene Home for the Friendless. Incorporated in 1890, the purpose of the home was to "

Hillsboro, KS Cemeteries

Mennonite Settlement Museum

The Mennonite Settlement Museum celebrates the thousands of immigrant Russian and Polish Mennonites who settled in western Marion and eastern McPherson Counties in the early 1870s. The museum includes: The historic Peter Paul Loewen House

Hillsboro, KS Museums

The Kreutziger Schoolhouse

The Kreutziger Schoolhouse reminds us of the early education on the Kansas prairie, 1886-1960. Today the bell tower, the desks and the stove show how one teacher taught eight grades with an average of from 20 to 30 students.

Hillsboro, KS Historic Schoolhouses

Friesen Dutch Windmill

The mill is an authentic replica built to specifications of the original 1876, Jacob Friesen Mill built by Mennonite immigrants. Authentic down to the square wooden pegs, this working mill uses wind power to grind whole wheat flour.

Hillsboro, KS Historic Mills

Things to do near Hillsboro, KS

Manka Residence

This house was octagon in shape before an addition was built on. The entrance to the house is of particular interest. Two tal...

Stan Herd Mural

Painted by Stan Herd in 1992, this mural stands as a great tribute to the Cherokee Strip Land Rush. The mural was painted in ...

Walter P. Chrysler birthplace

Wamego is the birthplace of Walter P. Chrysler, the founder of the Chrysler Corporation. Chrysler artifacts can be found in t...