County Seat: McPherson
· 29,554 (2000)
· 27,268 (1990)
· 21,421 (1900)
Area: 900 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: MP
County seat, McPherson.
In honor of Major-General James B. McPherson,
United States Volunteers, who was killed in
battle at Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1864.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
The city and county of McPherson were named for General James Birdseye
McPherson, the highest ranking Union officer to die on the battlefield
during the Civil War.
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas
, first published in 1883, tells about early McPherson County
More early history of
is available online from the book Kansas: A Cyclopedia Of State History
by Frank W. Blackmar (1912).
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of several McPherson County towns:
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for McPherson County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of McPherson County
Year Elev Population Name ZIP
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1590 829 Canton 67428
1540 Conway 67460
1546 701 Galva 67443
1887 1527 1,142 Inman 67546
1869 1333 3,321 Lindsborg 67456
1874 1385 542 Marquette 67464
1872 1504 13,770 McPherson 67460
1887 1490 1,593 Moundridge 67107
1528 New Gottland
1350 Roxbury 67476
1950 137 Windom 67491
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in McPherson County
- The Kansas Sampler Center is located on Arapahoe Road about 1 1/2 miles east of the road connecting Inman and Buhler. The Kansas Sampler Foundation works toward preserving rural Kansas culture and helping people explore Kansas via the Kansas Explorers Club.
- The Spring Valley community in the eastern part of the county is
down to a simple white frame Mennonite church (dated 1892) and cemetery.
- There is an extensive collection of antique farm machinery parked under the water tower at Galva.
- The McPherson Opera House was built in 1889 at a cost of $42,000.
- Bethany College, a four year liberal arts college in Lindsborg, was founded in 1881 by Swedish immigrants. It is famous for its presentations of Handel's Messiah oratorio.
- The Maxwell Wildife Refuge, six miles north of Canton, has over
2200 acres of prairie habitat. Tram rides to view the wildlife are available.
Special Events in McPherson County
- The Kansas Sampler Festival, which for years was held at the Penner farm south of Inman, now travels around the state. In 1998 and 1999 it was held in Pratt; Ottawa hosted the festival in 2000 & 2001. In 2002, in Independence, the date of the festival changed to the first weekend in May. This is "the" event for those of us who love to travel around Kansas.
- Canton holds "Prairie Days" in June to celebrate the beauty of the
early summer prairie
- Bethany College in Lindsborg has been presenting Handel's Messiah every Easter season since the 1880s.
- The Midsummer Festival in Lindsborg celebrates the Swedish
traditions of the town. It's held on the third Satuday in June.
- McPherson is home to a yearly Scottish Festival.
- Canton Township Library
N. Main / P. O. Box 336 / Canton, KS 67428
- Inman Public Library (620) 585-2474
P. O. Box 416, Inman, KS 67546
- Lindsborg Community Library (785) 227-2710
111 S. Main, Lindsborg, KS 67456
- McPherson Public Library (620) 245-2570
214 W. Marlin, McPherson, KS 67460
- Marquette Community Library (785) 546-2561
121 N. Washington / Marquette, KS 67464
- Moundridge Public Library (620) 345-6355
220 S. Christian, Moundridge, KS 67107
- Roxbury Special Library
P. O. Box 38, Roxbury, KS 67476
- McCormick-Deering Days Museum (620) 585-2226
204 S. Main, Inman, KS 67546
Birger Sandzen Gallery (785) 227-2220
Bethany College / 401 N. First, Lindsborg, KS 67456
1:00-5:00 Wednesday through Sunday
An awesome collection of the famous Swedish-American artist
and some of his student's work lovingly displayed.
- Old Mill Museum (785) 227-3595
P.O. Box 94 / 120 Mill Street / Lindsborg, KS 67456
Monday - Saturday 9-5, Sundays 1-5
- The McPherson Museum / Vaniman House (620) 241-8464
1130 E. Euclid, McPherson, KS
McPherson County School Systems
Colleges & Universities
- Bethany College (785) 227-3311
335 East Swensson Street / Lindsborg, Kansas 67456-1895
- Central Christian College (800) 835-0078 or (316) 241-0723
1220 S Main / P.O. Box 1403 / McPherson, KS 67460
- McPherson College (800) 365-7402 or (316) 241-0731
1600 E. Euclid / McPherson, Kansas 67460
- Lindsborg News-Record (785) 227-3348
114 S. Main, Lindsborg, KS 67456
- Marquette Tribune (785) 546-2266
112 N. Washington, Marquette, KS 67464
- McPherson Sentinel (620) 241-2422
301 S. Main, McPherson, KS 67460
- Moundridge Ledger (620) 345-6353
120 N. Christian, Moundridge, KS 67107
More Data About McPherson County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
McPherson County Offices
For more about McPherson County contact:
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.