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Parsons, Kansas

Parsons, Kansas

"A Great Place To BE"

Parsons is located in a temperate belt with a normal mean temperature of 58.4 degrees Fahrenheit and an average annual precipitation of 40.22 inches. The surrounding countryside has flat plains and gently rolling hills that support an abundance of fish and game.

Named for the president of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, Levi Parsons, Parsons has been one of the most dynamic communities in Kansas since it was incorporated in 1871. Rapid expansion and civic improvements made Parsons a thriving frontier town, boasting a solid income from railroads and agriculture.

By the turn of the century a business college and a state hospital had been founded in Parsons. The City's prosperity helped it to weather economic trends that damaged other towns in the area. Homes of the grandest design and most elegant detail were constructed, many of which survive today and contribute to the City's beauty.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Parsons Municipal Auditorium

The Parsons Municipal Auditorium is a classic, 1920s-era civic auditorium. For more than 50

Parsons, KS Historic Buildings

Parsons Historical Museum and Iron Horse Museum

Both museums house many interesting items - the Parsons Historical Museum has a complete dentist office, not to mention a very large photographic collection of people, places, and events all from Parsons' great past.

Parsons, KS Museums


Carnegie Arts Center

Opened in 1909 and formerly the Carnegie Library, the Carnegie Arts Center, is being transformed into a versatile new arts facility. Celebrations plans for the 100th Anniversary of the Carnegie are scheduled for May 2009

Parsons, KS Art Centers


Things to do near Parsons, KS

John Redmond Hiking and Horseback Riding

The Hickory Creek Trail is a multi-use trail for the hiker, horseback rider, and mountain biker. The trail length is currentl...

Wolf Creek Environmental Education Area

The Environmental Education Area provides an excellent opportunity to experience and learn about the nature of eastern Kansas...

Coffey County Lake

Coffey County Lake offers great fishing. and has been called the "Crown Jewel" of Kansas fisheries. The lake is open for pub...

Kansas Walleye Association

You are invited to the five scheduled tournaments at some of the finest lakes in Kansas. The KWA welcomes anglers of...