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Historical Markers and War Memorials in McPherson County, Kansas

Clickable Map of McPherson County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> McPherson County, KS (62) Dickinson County, KS (46) Ellsworth County, KS (28) Harvey County, KS (29) Marion County, KS (31) Reno County, KS (34) Rice County, KS (20) Saline County, KS (26)  McPhersonCounty(62) McPherson County (62)  DickinsonCounty(46) Dickinson County (46)  EllsworthCounty(28) Ellsworth County (28)  HarveyCounty(29) Harvey County (29)  MarionCounty(31) Marion County (31)  RenoCounty(34) Reno County (34)  RiceCounty(20) Rice County (20)  SalineCounty(26) Saline County (26)
McPherson is the county seat for McPherson County
Adjacent to McPherson County, Kansas
      Dickinson County (46)  
      Ellsworth County (28)  
      Harvey County (29)  
      Marion County (31)  
      Reno County (34)  
      Rice County (20)  
      Saline County (26)  
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1 Kansas, McPherson County, Canton — Last Built Carnegie Library1921
[Title is text]Map (db m80598) HM
2 Kansas, McPherson County, Canton — Santa Fe and Chisholm Trails
1822-1872 Santa Fe Trail 1867-1872 Chisholm Trail [trail maps through local area]Map (db m53564) HM
3 Kansas, McPherson County, Elyria — 33 — Kansas Indian Treaty
In 1825 President James Monroe approved a bill providing for the survey of the Santa Fe Trail from Missouri to New Mexico and the making of treaties to insure friendly relations with Indians along the route. A mile west of this sign, on Dry Turkey . . . Map (db m53059) HM
4 Kansas, McPherson County, Elyria — Sora Kansas CreekSanta Fe Trail — 1822 - 1872 —
Near this spot August 16, 1825 the treaty was made with the Kansas Indians for the Right of Way of the trailMap (db m53060) HM
5 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — "Methodist Mare"Search for the Wild Dala
Charles Wesley Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Glory To The New Born King O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing My Great Redeemer's Praise John Wesley "The World Is My Parish" Swedish Methodist Church, 1881 - . . . Map (db m80604) HM
6 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — 9/11 Memorial
To The Heroes of 9/11 May we students in life have such courage to be leaders for peace Sharon Reed Class of 1983Map (db m57000) WM
7 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — A Brief History of Early Lindsborg
THE FIRST SWEDISH AGRICULTURAL COMPANY was formed in Chicago in early 1868. The Company, with the assistance of Railroad Agents, purchased 13,160 acres of land here in the Smoky Valley, and sent Anders Olsson, A. Jacobson, L. N. Sandell, Magnus . . . Map (db m92299) HM
8 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Bernquist & Nelson DrugstoreCirca 1880
was placed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places on August 22, 2009Map (db m80606) HM
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9 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Bethany College
Bethany College, located one block west, is a small, liberal-arts based college solidly rooted here in Lindsborg. Established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, Bethany is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, owned and . . . Map (db m92293) HM
10 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Birger Sandzén
To the plains and mountains of America's West came not only waves of pioneers but also immigrants directly from Europe. Swedish painter Birger Sandzén (1871-1954) arrived in Lindsborg at the age of 23 on September 4, 1894, to teach at Bethany . . . Map (db m92294) HM
11 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Carl Aaron Swensson
. . . Map (db m56997) HM
12 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Clareen & Peterson RestaurantBuilt In 1899
was placed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places on August 22, 2009Map (db m66645) HM
13 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Dag Hammarskjöld1905 - 1961 — Swedish Diplomat, Peacemaker, UN Secretary General —
For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes!Map (db m57004) HM
14 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Den Svenska TimmerstuganThe Swedish Timber Cottage
This traditional Swedish cottage was designed and pre-built in Siljansnäs Sweden and reassembled here in August 1983Map (db m53562) HM
15 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Evangelical Covenant Church102 South Washington Street
Emigrants from Östergötland, Sweden formed the Rose Hill Church northeast of Lindsborg in 1874 with J.A. Pihl as pastor. They were joined by fifty people who had left Bethany Lutheran Church. In 1876 the congregation built a church in town, only . . . Map (db m92298) HM
16 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Hjerpe GroceryBuilt In 1915 and 1930
was placed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places on August 31, 2010Map (db m66646) HM
17 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Holmberg and Johnson Blacksmith & WagonshopCirca 1900
was placed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places on August 22, 2009Map (db m66647) HM
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18 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Home and Studio of Anton PearsonSwedish-American Wood-carver and Artist — Born: Lund, Sweden 1892 - Died: Lindborg, Kansas 1967 —
Anton Pearson was an immigrant from Lund, Skåne, in southern Sweden. He is best known for his woodcarvings of local Lindsborg and Smoky Valley characters depicted in everyday situations. Anton opened his studio in 1929. Today it continues to be a . . . Map (db m129427) HM
19 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Lindsborg Post OfficeBuilt in 1936
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m53559) HM
20 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Messiah Chorus
Handel's "Messiah" has been performed annually in Lindsborg since 1882. Dr. Carl Aaron Swensson, the founder of Bethany College and pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church, was introduced to it by Pastor Olof Olsson, a Lindsborg pioneer who had moved to . . . Map (db m95408) HM
21 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Messiah Lutheran Church
In 1908, Lindsborg presented a fertile time and place for the establishment of an English speaking Lutheran Church. Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, located two blocks west, was organized on January 15, 1909. Following an organizational . . . Map (db m92295) HM
22 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Otto JohnsonIn Memory Of
Who worked for his brother, Charles J. Johnson at the Lindsborg mill for six years and helped to build the first mill and dam.Map (db m80655) HM
23 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Our Founders in Architectural Heaven
Hello! Welcome to My World, a place where you can, like me, let your imagination run wild. Do you believe that good buildings die and go to heaven? If you do, welcome to my fantasy of Architectural Heaven. Please travel with me and our . . . Map (db m54089) HM
24 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Runbeck MillMcPherson County Park — Historical Mill —
1872 Dam grant to Charles Johnson. First grist and saw mill 1887 Destroyed by fire 1889 Smoky Valley Roller Mill built by J. C. Bergsten 1890 Purchased by Theodore Teichgraber 1907-1927 Operated by Wm. Hagstrom 1934-1935 Reopened and . . . Map (db m54054) HM
25 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Smoky Valley Roller MillsNational Historic Landmark
. . . Map (db m80651) HM
26 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Steve W. TrainIn Memory Of
1Lt. USAF who was shot down on April 2, 1970 while on a mission over South Vietnam He will be remembered with pride by all who knew him.Map (db m80660) WM
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27 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Sweadal 1869
First McPherson Co. CourthouseMap (db m80662) HM
28 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — The Farmers State Bank BuildingCirca 1887
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m80605) HM
29 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — The Swedish Pavilion
The Swedish Pavilion, the largest building to the south, was originally the Swedish exposition building at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. Modeled after traditional Swedish manor houses, the Pavilion was prefabricated in Sweden, . . . Map (db m95406) HM
30 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — The Teichgraeber-Runbeck House
Built 1906 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Reg.[istered] 11-15-2005Map (db m80658) HM
31 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — The Terrible Swedes • Coach Ray Hahn • Dr. Ted Kessinger
The Terrible Swedes In 1902, Dr. Carl A. Swensson, president of Bethany College, hired Bennie Owen as coach of the Bethany Swedes football team. He developed an awesome team that demolished all opponents, including the University of Oklahoma . . . Map (db m95415) HM
32 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — War Memorial
Dedicated in perpetual memory to those who served and to the valiants who gave their lives for the United States of America in its wars. World War I Killed in Action Emil Pinkall Died in Service Claude Pratt • Elmer Holmgren World . . . Map (db m81795) WM
33 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Welcome to Lucia Park
The story of Lucia, the symbol of light amid the darkness for Sweden, has many different versions. Although her feast day is celebrated on December 13th in Sweden, Lindsborg celebrates Lucia Day on the second Saturday in December. Lucia was born . . . Map (db m54082) HM
34 Kansas, McPherson County, Lindsborg — Womans Missionary Society
The Womans Missionary Society of The Lutheran Augustana Synod was organized at this site June 6-1892 which was then the home of Dr. C.A. Swensson Founder and President of Bethany College with Fifty Charter Members present . . . Map (db m57008) HM
35 Kansas, McPherson County, Marquette — G.A.R. Post No. 308 Memorial1884 - 1929
[Title is text]Map (db m95295) WM
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36 Kansas, McPherson County, Marquette — Hans Hanson HouseBuilt in 1888
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 11-11-95Map (db m81761) HM
37 Kansas, McPherson County, Marquette — Old Mill Stone Monument
These mill stones were used in Marquette's first mill built in 1874 on the bank of the Smoky Hill River by H. S. Bacon, the town founder. The mill was the first industry and the beginning of Marquette - founded February 9th, 1874. This is a . . . Map (db m95299) HM
38 Kansas, McPherson County, Marquette — Opera BlockBuilt 1886 - 1887
1st brick building in MarquetteMap (db m95297) HM
39 Kansas, McPherson County, Marquette — Range SchoolDistrict 15
Organized in 1880. A school was built 9 mil. NW of Marquette. In 1906 a new school was built and closed in 1948. Range was donated by John Hughes and then moved to Marquette. Plaque by Etta Hockstrasser Memorial in memory of Hughes' who attended . . . Map (db m95291) HM
40 Kansas, McPherson County, Marquette — Veterans Memorial
The people of Marquette dedicate this memorial to the men and women of this community who served our country ————————— The Walkway of Honor for those who have served our . . . Map (db m163629) WM
41 Kansas, McPherson County, Marquette — World War II Memorial
In honor of the men and women who served their country in World War II In memory of departed comrades of World War IIMap (db m95296) WM
42 Kansas, McPherson County, McPherson — Company D, 2nd Kansas Infantry World War I Memorial1917 - 1919
In grateful tribute to the supreme sacrifice of our comrades Co. D, 2nd Kans. Inf. James C. Marymee • Donald E. McKellar • Virgil Berkebile • Rosser C. Fraser • Earl J. Lathwell • Sidney P. Fisher • Ralph Branton • Andrew Malm • Lester L. Reid • . . . Map (db m80708) WM
43 Kansas, McPherson County, McPherson — Kansas Honors the 35th Infantry DivisionThirty-Fifth Division
Federal Interstate Highway I-35 has been declared as a living memorial honoring the 35th Infantry Division by the Legislature and Governor by the provisions of K.S.A. 68-1013, enacted June 30, 1963. The 35th Infantry Division was composed . . . Map (db m223507) HM WM
44 Kansas, McPherson County, McPherson — Major General James B. McPherson
[Title is text]Map (db m80701) WM
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45 Kansas, McPherson County, McPherson — McPherson County War MemorialLest We Forget Their Supreme Sacrifice
World War I • World War II Korean War • Viet Nam War [Rolls of Honored Dead] William J. Everhart First Kansan killed in VietnamMap (db m80706) WM
46 Kansas, McPherson County, McPherson — McPherson Opera HouseBuilt c. 1888
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Reg.[istered] 3-17-1972Map (db m80664) HM
47 Kansas, McPherson County, McPherson — One Main PlacePlaza Dedication October 8, 1999
On this site was located the McPherson Town Company Building built in 1873 at a cost of $1,250.00. It was the headquarters of all government and civic activity for the little village as a court house, city hall, school house, church meeting place, . . . Map (db m80710) HM
48 Kansas, McPherson County, McPherson — POW-MIA MemorialYou Are Not Forgotten
In honored remembrance of all American Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action Dedicated on Veteran's Day November 11, 2004Map (db m80704) WM
49 Kansas, McPherson County, McPherson — Purple Heart Trail in Kansas"Freedom Isn't Free" — Dedicated to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines Wounded or Killed in Action —
On 13 May 2003, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, proclaimed the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System in Kansas, as the "Purple Heart Trail." This trail memorializes those heroic service members who have had the Purple Heart medal bestowed on . . . Map (db m223497) HM WM
50 Kansas, McPherson County, McPherson — The Mormon Battalion at McPherson, Kansas
On 3 September 1846, the Mormon Battalion camped near here on its way to fight in the war with Mexico. This small army of more than 500 men and officers had been recruited at Council Bluffs, Iowa, from among the Mormon pioneers (members of The . . . Map (db m80663) HM
51 Kansas, McPherson County, McPherson — Veterans Memorial
In memory of our departed comradesMap (db m92300) WM
52 Kansas, McPherson County, Moundridge — III — Anabaptist - Mennonite Faith & Life
Anabaptism originated in Switzerland in 1525 during the Reformation under the leadership of Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, Georg Blaurock, and others. Most Anabaptists were later named "Mennonites" in recognition of the leadership of Menno . . . Map (db m57138) HM
53 Kansas, McPherson County, Moundridge — IV — Centennial Memorial
The Memorial symbolizes our heritage of the Christian faith and expresses gratitude to God for His faithful leading. The Pillar directs us Godward and suggests a tower of strength. The Globe symbolizes the world populated by . . . Map (db m57139) HM
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54 Kansas, McPherson County, Moundridge — English OakQuercus robur
The parent of this tree is the centuries old oak on the island of Chortitza near Zaparozhye, Ukraine, on the site of a Mennonite settlement dating from 1789. Acorns were gathered on the 1997 Mennonite Heritage Tour led by Harley Stucky and Oswald . . . Map (db m57029) HM
55 Kansas, McPherson County, Moundridge — VI — Growth of This Pioneer Group
Elder Jacob Stucky and Rev. Jacob D. Goering laid the foundation for orderly church life that centered in the Immigrant House and later in the Hopefield Church, Moundridge, Kansas. After some time the group began to disperse. Today, . . . Map (db m57144) HM
56 Kansas, McPherson County, Moundridge — In Memory of the Swiss Mennonite Congregation
of Kotosufka, Volhynia, Russia whose members left Russia in search of religious liberty, sixty-two families sailing on the "City of Richmond," landing in New York September 3, 1874, and in October arriving on this Quarter Sectin (S.W. Quarter . . . Map (db m57149) HM
57 Kansas, McPherson County, Moundridge — Original Site of Hoffnungsfeld-Eden Church1898 to 1924
[Drawing of church]Map (db m57150) HM
58 Kansas, McPherson County, Moundridge — I — Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial
This Centennial Memorial, erected in gratitude to God, commemorates the coming to America of the Swiss-German Mennonites in the Fall of 1874 from Volhynia, a former Polish province, in the present Russian Ukraine. It symbolizes the Christian . . . Map (db m57109) HM
59 Kansas, McPherson County, Moundridge — VII — The Challenge & Hope of the Future
The Mennonites came here because of their Anabaptist vision of the Christian faith and established Christian communities. Some wept as they said farewell to Russia and later, as they saw the endless miles of raw prairie, and encountered prairie . . . Map (db m57145) HM
60 Kansas, McPherson County, Moundridge — II — The Swiss (Yolhynian) Mennonites
Seventy-three families, the Mennonite Congregation of Kotosufka, left Russia on Aug. 6, 1874, under the leadership of Elder Jacob Stucky and Rev. Jacob D. Goering, at Liverpool, England. They embarked on the "City of Richmond," arriving in . . . Map (db m57132) HM
61 Kansas, McPherson County, Moundridge — V — Turkey Red Wheat1874 Centennial 1974
The Mennonites brought Turkey Hard Red Winter Wheat. The seeds were carefully selected, often kernel by kernel, frequently by grandparents and sometimes with the help of children. Many Mennonite families, here and in surrounding communities, . . . Map (db m57142) HM
62 Kansas, McPherson County, Roxbury — Robert G. Manning
In honor of Robert G. Manning whose hardware store and civic reliability served this community from 1915 to 1958. It is with much respect, gratitude and affection that we acknowledge his intellect; his integrity; his independent spirit and . . . Map (db m80639) HM
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