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The city of McPherson was founded in 1872 and named after General James Birdseye McPherson, a Union General in the Civil War. McPherson is a city of 13,000 people and located in central Kansas on Hwy 135 and Hwy 56.

A reminder of the 1880s, when McPherson began to grow, is the Opera House Building, which was one of the finest of its type in the Midwest. It is currently under restoration, but available for tours by appointment. The Opera House and McPherson County Courthouse are on the National Register of Historic Places.

McPherson has a number of attractions to visit:

McPherson Museum. The Museum, located in the historic Vaniman Mansion, was built in 1920. The 6,000 square foot mansion boasts original features such as light fixtures, a butler’s pantry, and a servant’s staircase. The main floor is arranged to reflect the exuberance of the Roaring 20s.

Antique Auto Restoration. McPherson College features a unique four-year program of authentic antique auto restoration technology emphasizing hands-on skills and historical research. Tours offer a glimpse of antique auto restoration in process.

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. Imagine walking on the rolling prairies before the land was settled. The 2,560-acre refuge offers you an opportunity to see the native prairie and herds of buffalo and elk up close in rolling native prairie. Tours consist of a guided excursion aboard covered trams.

Our major event is the McPherson Scottish Festival and Highland Games, which is held annually on the fourth weekend in September. This Festival features competitive events of Highland Dance and piping, Highland heavy athletics, the caber toss, children’s activities, Scottish entertainment, and food. Representatives of various clans are also on hand to answer questions on your Scottish heritage.

Contact the McPherson Convention & Visitors Bureau for additional information: (620) 241-3340, 1-800-324-8022, e-mail cvb@mcphersonks.org, or visit our web site at www.mcphersonks.org.
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