Friesen Mill and Pioneer Adobe House & Historical Museum in Hillsboro, Kansas
    Friesen Mill and Pioneer Adobe House


Founded: 1879
Population: 2904
Elevation: 1454 feet
Latitude: 38° 21' 07" N
Longitude: 97° 12' 15" W
School District: USD 410
ZIP code:  67063
Area Code: 620

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Tabor College
Windmill logo  for Hillsboro, Kansas
Hillsboro is located in Marion, [MN], County where the North and South Cottonwood Rivers join. The town has a four-year liberal arts college, and a nice downtown shopping area.  For major events, the town goes all out to put on a folk festival in late spring, a four-day fair in the summer and a huge arts and crafts festival in the fall.
Building at Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS
Tabor College

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers LogoMarion Reservoir, a Corps of Engineers lake with approximately 4,100 acres of project lands, is just north of US 56 and provides a wealth of recreational opportunities including hunting and is especially well known for its fishing. Contact (620) 382-2101 for more information.


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.

Places to visit in Hillsboro

  • Tabor College in Hillsboro is a four-year private liberal arts college founded in 1908.
  • The Friesen "Dutch" Mill in the city park is a full-sized replica of a wind-powered grist mill built in 1876.
  • The park also holds the Adobe Pioneer House used by early Mennonite settlers.
  • Local shops make great German sausage; try some and you will buy more to take home.

Special Events

  • The annual Arts & Crafts Fair in Hillsboro is HUGE! It's held annually the third Saturday in September.
  • The Marion County Fair is held in August.
  • Hillsboro Folk Festival is held every May.


Economic Development

  • Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau
    (620) 947-3506
    109 S. Main, Hillsboro, KS 67063
  • Hillsboro Development Corporation
    (620) 947-3458
    109 S. Main, Hillsboro, KS 67063

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  • Genealogical Information for Marion County is available on Blue Skyways.
  • Hillsboro was mentioned in the 1883 Cutler's History of Kansas.
  • Historical images of Hillsboro from the Special Collections at WSU's Ablah Library are available online.
  • Hillsboro is fondly described in Mil Penner's book Exploring Kansas.
  • Hillsboro was on the A.T. & S.F. railroad line from Marion to McPherson.
  • Hillsboro was mentioned in Kansas, A Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank W. Blackmar (1912).
  • Hillsboro appears on a county map in the History of Kansas by Noble L. Prentis published in 1899.

Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce
(620) 947-3506
109 S. Main
Hillsboro, KS 67063
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