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McPherson, Kansas

McPherson is located in the middle of both Kansas and the United States. It is a city of 13,770 people who pride themselves in combining the best of a small town and a large city.

The City of McPherson (pronounced Mc-Fur-son) was founded in 1872 and named after General James Birdseye McPherson, who was mortally wounded in the Battle Of Atlanta in 1864. A life-size bronze likeness of General McPherson was dedicated July 4, 1917 in Memorial Park before a crowd of 40,000.

Farming was a mainstay of early immigrants. From the Swedish Lutherans in the Smoky Valley north of the city to the Swiss Mennonites who arrived from Russia and settled south of McPherson, pioneer residents established a tradition of hard work and accomplishment which remains strong even today.

Celtic heritage events planned by the McPherson Scottish Society pay homage to early founders and the city\'s namesake, and provide enriching and colorful activities for citizens and visitors to enjoy.

McPherson residents still remember it as a place where small town values are treasured and visitors welcomed as new friends.

For more information, you may contact the McPherson COnvention & Visitors Bureau at 800-324-8022.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

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

McPherson Museum

The McPherson Museum'

McPherson, KS Museums

McPherson Opera House

Built in 1888, the McPherson Opera House was considered one of the most elaborate and architecturally sound in the state. This three-story architectural showpiece, listed on the National Register of Historic Places had a seating capacity of 900

McPherson, KS Opera Houses


McPherson Valley Wetlands

The wetlands are managed primarily for waterfowl and other hunting during the season and wildlife viewing the rest of the year. Public hunting is allowed on most of this almost 4,000 acre area. Sportsmen should check with the wildlife manager for possible changes in areas open to hunting.

McPherson, KS Recreation

Things to do near McPherson, KS

Historic Cemeteries

There are seven cemeteries located around Marquette, including one of the oldest in McPherson County with dates from 1868 to ...

The Congregational Church - 1906

When Onaga was but a year old, the Congregationalists started a church building. The church actually started in Vienna. servi...