Lindsborg, Kansas is a small city within McPherson County well known for its Swedish heritage, located just a few miles away from Salina. Often referred to as “Little Sweden” and being a sister city to the Swedish city of Munkors, Lindsborg provides a unique experience for visitors through its heritage, history, events, festivals, and people. The picturesque downtown area is full of Scandinavian import shops, boutiques, galleries, working artist studios, and several restaurants that line the red brick street. There are also several other interesting spots around town, such as Coronado Heights. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
Coronado Heights just outside of Lindsborg, Kansas is a hill that is supposedly the site where Francisco Vásquez de Coronado ended his search for the fabled “seven cities of gold” and decided to return back to Mexico. Now a park and scenic overlook, Coronado Heights is situated on a three-hundred-foot promontory and features a castle-like building and picnic area. The view from here is rather spectacular and the drive up to the site is beautiful itself, featuring several trees, sumac, and yucca. There is also a three-mile trail for mountain biking with two loops that travel around the park’s base.
Lindsborg, KS, Phone: 888-227-2227
2.Small World Gallery
© Small World Gallery
Located on the iconic red brick Main Street, the Small World Gallery in Lindsborg is the working artist studio of Kathy Richardson, a jewelry designer, and Jim Richardson, a National Geographic photographer. All of Kim’s worldwide explorations of landscapes and issues stand and end at the gallery, from thinking of and researching ideas for stories to displaying his large scale prints after his works are published. Kathy’s exploration has the same path as well, from contemporary cuts of crystals to antique trade beads, gathering the rare and unusual to add to her extensive collection of materials for design.
127 N Main St, Lindsborg, KS 67456, Phone: 785-227-4442
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3.Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery
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The works of Birger Sandzen are the main focal point of the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery’s collection of art. Sandzen was raised in Vastergotland, Sweden and studied art in Paris and Stockholm before moving to Kansas in 1894 at 23 years of age. The gallery is home to the world’s most extensive and largest collection of the artist’s watercolors, drawings, prints, and paintings. Other artists featured in the art collections at the Lindsborg art gallery include John Stuart Curry, Raymond Jonson, Lester Raymer, John Bashor, B.J.O. Nordfelt, Marsden Hartley, Carl Milles, Doel Reed, and Henry Varnum Poor.
401 N 1st St, Lindsborg, KS 67456, Phone: 785-227-2220
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4.Red Barn Studio
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The Red Barn Studio provides visitors and locals alike with an opportunity to see the handiwork and art of Lester Raymer, from prints and paintings to metalwork and ceramics, to stitchery and woodcarving, jewelry, and furniture. Raymer’s work is often influenced by the love he has for the great painters of the world, particularly Spanish masters, Mexico and the Southwest, folk art, and religious symbolism. Visitors can view the wide variety of work at the Red Barn Studio Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
212 S Main St, Lindsborg, KS 67456, Phone: 785-227-2217
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5.Bethany Lutheran Church
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The origins of the Bethany Lutheran Church date back to August 19th of 1869 when a small gathering of Swedish immigrants took place to fill the need of their own church just outside of the town of Lindsborg, Kansas. This church was originally known as the Swedish Evangelical Bethany Church, later renamed Bethany Lutheran Church. From its small start, the church congregation continued to grow and it was decided that they needed to build a new church in Lindsborg in 1874. The church structure resembles that of cathedrals found in southern Sweden, with the central part constructed of Native Dakota sandstone.
320 N Main St, Lindsborg, KS 67456, Phone: 785-227-2167
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© Hoglund Dugout
The Hoglund Dugout was created by Gustaf Hoglund during the autumn of 1868 after arriving in the Lindsborg area to provide some sort of protection for his family. This dugout acted as his family’s home up until the year 1874. The Hoglund Dugout is now maintained by the Smoky Valley Historical Association and is now a historic site that serves as an example of the early Scandinavian home in the area. To visit the dugout, visitors should look for the opening in the treeline at the corner of Swensson and 12th Avenue. There’s a parking area with a path leading from it.
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7.Lindsborg Community Library
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The Lindsborg Community Library was established by a group of women wanting a place in the community for kids to have a reading program during the summer. The library opened for three months in 1964 with two hundred books. The Lindsborg Community Library today is open year-round and is home to a collection of over 30,000 books, magazines, movies, and more, along with a Used Book Store. The library is open to the general public Mondays from 10:00am until 7:00pm, Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am until 6:00pm, and Saturdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm.
111 S Main St, Lindsborg, KS 67456, Phone: 785-227-2710
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8.Freemount Lutheran Church
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The Freemount Lutheran Church is the oldest public building still standing in McPherson County in its original location, as well as the first congregation to organize in the Smoky Valley region of Kansas. The congregation of Freemount Lutheran Church, which consists of Swedish settlers, first gathered on June 12 of 1969. The “Old Stone Church” used since 1870 still stands today, outlasting a number of other church structures. While another church facility has been built, Sunday services are still held in the historic church. Visitors are welcome at the church, however, tours are available only by appointment.
2511 8th Ave, Lindsborg, KS 67456, Phone: 785-227-3154
9.Smoky Hill Winery - Under the Cork
© Smoky Hill Winery - Under the Cork
The Smoky Hill Winery and Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery based in Salina, Kansas. While the wine is produced and also bottled at the Salina winery, Smoky Hill Winery also has a tasting room location in the smaller city of Lindsborg by the name of Under the Cork. The Smoky Hill Vineyards first started in 1991 with Kay Bloom and Steve Jennings hand planting grape vines in Salina on one acre of land. By 2009, this family-owned and operated winery had become the state’s largest grape producing farm winery. Wines include reds, whites, rose, and fruit wines.
110 N Main St, Lindsborg, KS 67456, Phone: 785-825-8466
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