Travelers and Friends, McPherson is for you, just like it says on the 1915 pillars leading into the courthouse driveway.
McPherson, the Light Capital of Kansas, is known for plastics, pharmaceutical, and insulation products, a major oil refinery, a thriving downtown, and being a neighborly place to live.
One of main landmarks in McPherson, population 13,155, is the 1894 limestone county courthouse located in the 100 block of N. Maple. John Haskell was the architect.
The first clock weighing 2 1/2 tons was installed in 1908. Seventeen years later, one of the 800-pound weights of that clock came crashing down. Eventually, the clock ran again when converted to electricity in 1948.
A 1917 statue of the city and county's namesake stands to the west of the courthouse.
Major General James B. McPherson was mortally wounded during the Union advance on Atlanta in 1864. The 35-year-old was the highest-ranking Union Army commander to die in the Civil War.
After a lengthy restoration process, the 1889 McPherson Opera House opened its doors again in 2010.
Live performances and movies are a treat here for the performer and the audience due to the intimate space. Offering three viewing levels, there is not a bad seat in the house.
A mural touting the fact that the first Olympic gold medal basketball team came from McPherson is found at Kansas and Ash. The 1936 Olympics took place in Berlin.
They were called the "tallest team in the world" with two players at 6'8" and 6'9".
Contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau and they'll take you to see displays and the home gym of these 1936 champions. 620.241.3340.
And though there are a number of really good locally-owned restaurants in town, the one that epitomizes McPherson most is Neighbor's Cafe. A narrow pathway is the only break between the eleven counter stools and the booths against the wall. Those at the counter can watch the cook at work on the grill.
There is a room in the back but it's the front room where the action happens. Owner Shelly Wiggins is definitely in control of this place as she pals around with customers. She'll even get on her bullhorn to wish someone a happy birthday or make an announcement. By the time you leave with a full and happy stomach, you'll feel a part of this cafe neighborhood.
And sometime, she just might give you the last cinnamon roll...