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.rn