Community Tours

One of the best ways to explore McPherson is through a specialized tour. Discover the passion of McPherson by viewing stained glass windows, walking the historical district or riding a tram through the Kansas prairie. Self-guided tours are available or the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau can plan the perfect tour for your group. For a current listing of tours and related maps, visit our office located in the Kansas Travel Information Center at 1111 E. Kansas.

Stained Glass Tour

Artist Randy Rayer refers to stained glass windows as "windows of the soul" and we couldn't agree more! The soul of McPherson comes alive through decorative windows at the McPherson Opera House, St. Anne's Episcopal Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ, First Christian Church, McPherson Public Library and McPherson Church of the Brethren.

McPherson Mural Tour
Downtown McPherson is the site of several murals documenting McPherson's history including the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, All Schools Day, McPherson College Automotive Restoration, Central Christian College, Veterans Memorial and the McPherson Globe Refiners. Other outdoor paintings of interest include the Easy Rider at 400 N. Maple and the restored Coca-Cola advertisement on the McPherson Opera House at 219 S. Main.

Historical Walking or Driving Tour
A refreshing stroll through the historical district introduces many homes and buildings established in the late 1880s. Many homes are clustered on south Walnut Street and represent McPherson's the first neighborhood to receive electricity, sewers and streetlights. Included on the tour is the Bixby House, 321 S. Maple, built in 1879 and thought to be the oldest home in McPherson. The McPherson County Courthouse is a classic example of 19th Century Richardsonian Romanesque Architecture. Visitors are greeted on the west lawn by a bronze equestrian statue of General James Birdseye McPherson, a Civil War hero for whom the City of McPherson is named.

Holiday Lights Tour
Enjoy a festive view of McPherson during the holiday season. Trolley rides feature music, trivia and neighborhood lights. Public and private tours are available. For current rates and holiday schedule, call 620.241.3340.

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge Tour
Jump aboard the modern day "covered wagon" at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge for a prairie adventure on the 2,800-acre refuge. You'll encounter native grasses, wildflowers, birds, bison and elk. Tram tours are available throughout the year by reservation. Call 620.628.4455 for more information. All fees support, improve and expand services provided by the refuge.
  1. Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Physical Address
    1111 E. Kansas
    McPherson, KS 67460

    Phone: 620.241.3340
    Fax: 620.241.2676