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McPherson County, Kansas


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Statistics & Facts

The Kansas state capital is Topeka.
The population of McPherson is approximately 12,422 (1990), 13155 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 5,118 (1990), 5521 (2010).
The amount of land area in McPherson is 13.311 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.021 sq kilometers.
The distance from McPherson to Washington DC is 1171 miles.
The distance to the Kansas state capital is 120 miles. (as the crow flies)
McPherson is positioned 38.37 degrees north of the equator and 97.66 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

cPherson is named for General James B. McPherson, the highest-ranking Union officer to die in the American Civil War, who was of Scottish descent.
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McPherson Scottish Festival and Highland Games
for details see community events for McPherson.
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McPherson City Government

Mc Pherson City Clerk
400 East Kansas Avenue
Mc Pherson, KS 67460
Phone: (620) 245-2535

McPherson Chamber

Chamber of Commerce
308 North Main Street
Mc Pherson, KS 67460
Phone: (620) 241-3303
FAX: (620) 241-8708

McPherson Community News

National Celtic Performers Scheduled for Central Kansas' Only Scottish Festival
Scottish clansfolk from across Kansas and far beyond will gather at McPherson's Lakeside Park dressed in their colorful tartans to hear and see a variety of Scottish and Celtic music and dance at the sixth McPherson (KS) Scottish Festival and Highland Games September 25 and 26, 1999. Baritone folk singer Alex Beaton, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker are featured, along with Mike Dugger and Celtic band Sunrush. The Wichita Scottish Country Dancers and an Irish dance group from Newton will also perform. In an American continent rich in Scottish/Irish culture, at a time when more and more people are interested in those Celtic roots, these performers bring out the best in the Scottish and Irish musical traditions for a following ever eager to know more of a world their ancestors left behind. Old-world pageantry with marching bagpipers from the City of McPherson Pipe Band and athletic and Highland dance competition round out the festival%92s activities, along with many children's events. With over 100 million Americans descended from the peoples of the British Isles, this festival creates a gathering for those who are interested in connecting with their roots, as well an opportunity for people of other ethnicity simply looking for an intriguing weekend of fun. For the sports-minded, strong men in kilts test their strength with the telephone pole-like caber. Wee lassies in tartan and velvet dance the Highland Fling to the music of the bagpipes. Border collies use their uncanny ability to herd stubborn sheep on the shepherd's command. Quaintly-attired merchants peddle wares ranging from imported woolen blankets to home baked Scottish shortbread. Representatives of Scottish clans explain their colorful displays and genealogy volunteers help visitors look for their Scottish family connections. Children try their hands at pint-sized versions of the adult Highland athletics or create Scottish scenes with construction paper and Popsicle sticks at the craft tent. Unique ethnic and American culinary delights are available.
Admission: Saturday $ 10 for adults; Sunday $ 6 for adults; reduced rates for children.
Call the Convention & Visitors Bureau for a festival flyer: 1-800-324- 8022.

McPherson Community Events

Annually on the fourth weekend of September
McPherson Scottish Festival
Place: Lakeside Park Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by: McPherson (KS) Scottish Society; 800-324-8022 McPherson Scottish Festival activities include Scottish athletic competitions including the caber toss; Scottish Highland Dance competition; clan tents and activities; children's games and activities; and evening ceilidh (Scottish party) and Scottish country dance; national and regional headliner entertainers; ethnic and festival foods; British car display; ceremonies with marching bagpipe bands, and much more.
McPherson is located in central Kansas between Wichita and Salina, on Interstate 135, with the festival grounds at Lakeside Park, about a mile West of Exit 60 on US 56 (Kansas Avenue).
The tradition of Highland Games is many hundreds of years old. Chiefs of Scottish clans used games to test the strength and agility of persons who seemed to hold promise for positions of military leadership. What was at first serious competition for such positions, developed later into a festive occasion in which the display of physical prowess played a leading part.

McPherson Organizations

Chamber of Commerce
308 North Main Street
Mc Pherson, KS 67460
Phone: (620) 241-3303
FAX: (620) 241-8708

McPherson Libraries

McPherson Public Library
214 West Marlin
McPherson, Kansas 67460
Phone: 620-245-2570

McPherson Schools

McPherson School District


McPherson College
1600 E. Euclid
P.O. Box 1402
McPherson, KS 67460
Phone: 1-620-241-0731
Toll-free: 1-800-365-7402 (admissions inquiries only)

Central Christian College of Kansas
1200 S Main St
McPherson, KS
Phone: 620-241-0723 or 800-835-0078 for the Admissions Office only Email

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