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Lindsborg Things to Do

  • Festivals

    Lindsborg is home to several festivals annually - all of which draw huge crowds. These include the Svensk Hyllningsfest - a biennial tribute to the Swedish pioneers occurring in October of odd numbered years. The festival features art, crafts, special foods, ethnic music, folk dancing, parade, smörgåsbord, and other entertainment. Patterned after...

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  • Small World Gallery

    This small Kansas town and this gallery are home to Jim and Kathy Richardson. Jim is a noted photographer and teacher/lecturer, probably best noted for his 25-year association with National Geographic. Many of his prints from Nat Geo assignments adorn the walls of this gallery - most notable, I think, the set of magnificent images he provided for a...

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  • Red Barn Studio and Museum

    "The Red Barn Studio was the working studio of professional artist and craftsman Lester Raymer (1907-1991). The Red Barn Studio is filled with Raymer’s art and handiwork, from paintings and prints to ceramics and metalwork, from woodcarving to stitchery, furniture and jewelry. His work is influenced by his love for the world’s great painters,...

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  • The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery

    Without a doubt, our favorite thing to do in Lindsborg is visit the Sandzén gallery. On my most recent visit, I was joined by a group of friends, several with backgrounds in art. They enjoyed the gallery immensely, as did those with only a passing interest in art.Swedish born artist, musician, and writer Birger Sandzén was a member of the faculty...

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  • The Swedish Pavilion

    The Swedish Pavilion from the World's Fair is the centrepiece of Heritage Square, a collection of old buildings and reconstructions that show the history of the town.This photo is from 1998; since then they have sanded the wood back and repainted the building in its original colour (a mellow Dijon mustard hue). The building now looks brand new,...

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  • Coronado Heights

    According to legend, the Spanish conquistador Coronado rode this far north to a prominent hilltop. Staring out across the empty acres of grassy hills, with no sign of any of those fabled Seven Golden Cities of Cibola, he turned around and dejectedly returned to Mexico.Legend also says he killed his guide here for leading him on an apparent wild...

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  • Smoky Valley Roller Mill

    Important to the economy of this farm community for decades, this imposing 1898 mill is now a museum. It was in operation until 1955.

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  • Hemslöjd Dala Factory and Store

    Make this a "Things to Do" and a "Shopping" tip...At the north end of the downtown section of town is Hemslöjd's (Swedish for handicraft) - a wonderful place to check out local (and imported) crafts, and to view the process of making dala (horses). Many purchase these horses with their family name on it and attach it to their home as a identifying...

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  • Main Street

    Lindsborg's colorful downtown is an adorable place to toodle around with its gift shops, art galleries, craft stores and restaurants! The entire street is often treated like an exhibition space with public artworks, flowerpots and flags adding to the spectacle.When there's a coach tour in town things can really get buzzing but you're still a long...

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  • You must go to Coronado...

    You must go to Coronado Heights. Legend has it that Coronado the Spanish Explorer was first European to ever come here. He got to the top of this hill and looked on and saw more hills and wilderness so he turned back toward Mexico. The view has changed since Coronado was there with the addition of a few farms but is still great. At top of the hill...

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  • Visit the Smokey Valley Roller...

    Visit the Smokey Valley Roller Mill. Once each year they turn on the machinery and run all the belts. The inside of the four story mill is full of wooden machines and belts. It is a marvel of engineering to see it in operation.

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  • The picture is of crafts...

    The picture is of crafts being made inside the pavillion. Try to come to Lindsborgh on a day when they are having festivities so you can enjoy musicians and crafters along with all the town normally has to offer. Millfest is in early May. Midsommardag will be on June 16, 2001 and is usually middle of June. Svensk Hillingsfest will be October 12-14,...

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  • The museum tells much of the...

    The museum tells much of the local history and they will sell you tickets there to see the mill and Swedish Pavillion. On the day of the festival there were musicians playing in front of the museum.

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  • Visit the Swedish Pavillion....

    Visit the Swedish Pavillion. It is in the park across the street from the museum and mill. The Pavillion was a gift to the town of Lindsborg from the people of Sweden. In 1904 at the World's Fair in St. Louis the pavillion was part of Sweden's exhibit and it was given to Lindsborg after the fair. The pavillion now sits in a small park among typical...

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  • This small unique building on...

    This small unique building on Main street is for visitors. It has maps and information in it. A good place to stop at down town.

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Lindsborg Restaurants

  • Duuuhhh ... Swedish

    Do yourself a favor and eat in one of the locally-owned Swedish restaurants in town. It would be a shame to eat at Micky Ds, or Pizza Hut in Lindsborg. There have been some openings and closings of restaurants in town recently, so I'm not certain what is current, but we ate at The Cookery, 107 North Main, and enjoyed ourselves immensely. I wish I...

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  • King of Swedish cuisine!

    Quite possibly the most authentic Swedish food on offer outside the mother country can be found here Mon-Sat 11-9, Sun 10.30-8. It's more than meatballs...how about pork medallions with new potatoes and sprigs of fresh dill? Herring, rye bread and other Swedish specialties all ask to be tasted.

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  • Swedish Crown in the little...

    Swedish Crown in the little down town area. Swedish meatballs, herring, ligonberries, and foods I can't pronounce were on the buffet. Great buffet the day of the festival.

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Lindsborg Transportation

  • Lindsborg train station

    by jayhawk2000 Updated Sep 26, 2007

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    I missed the last train by about 50 years...

    This is the original Lindsborg train station, now relocated to Heritage Square. Nearby you will find picnic tables in a lovely riverside park...might as well take your time, the next train isn't due for awhile!

    Seriously though, you're best off with a car these days in order to reach these parts and explore the area to the fullest. The bright lights of Salina aren't far off.

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Lindsborg Shopping

  • Shopping opportunities

    What an attractive and interesting store. It is partly an art gallery with paintings and ceramic or wood items. Very nice displays on two floors.Plus there is a serve-yourself bakery on the honor system! You won't find that in the big city. Artful home decorating items, many with a Swedish flair. Also bakery goods. fair prices

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  • Popular coffee roastery

    Located in the old Holmberg & Johnson Blacksmith Shop. The wonderful aroma of freshly roasting, high-quality coffee pervades Lindsborg's downtown. Coffees from the Blacksmith are becoming increasing popular and can now be found in numerous stores around the state of Kansas. Coffees, coffee accessories, stoneware cups

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Lindsborg Warnings and Dangers

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    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    If you are down by the river among the trees or walking in tall grass check your self over for ticks later. Ticks are small brown insects that attach to your skin. My wife and I will strip after an outing so we can check each other for ticks. If there are any beautiful girls who need the help of a professional tick inspector I ...

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Lindsborg Tourist Traps

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    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The town gets some income from tourists and is set up with shops for tourists. I would not call any of them tourist traps. This old blacksmith shop is for sale if you wish to open a tourist trap in Lindsborg.

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Lindsborg Off The Beaten Path

  • Coronado Heights

    Coronado Heights is north and west of Lindsborg, just over the county line in Saline County; however, most people who visit this location do so while doing the Lindsborg "thing."The monument seen here is dedicated to the Spanish explorer, Francisco Coronado, the first European visitor to the region. The hill beyond is known as Coronado Heights. It...

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  • Maxwell Wildlife Refuge & McPherson...

    A wildlife refuge and state fishing lake cover several square miles of prairie east of Lindsborg which make for a super countryside retreat.Herds of bison and elk roam around the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. You might spot some animals from the road or from the observation tower, but there are also rides around the meadows aboard tractor-pulled 'trams'...

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  • Looking up into the branches...

    Looking up into the branches of the cottonwood tree. Cottonwood is the state tree of Kansas. There are many big old cottonwood trees in the park near the mill.

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Lindsborg Favorites

  • Wild Dalas

    The dala motif goes well beyond the traditional red horse in Lindsborg, where artists have decorated a number of these colorful dalas spread around the city. Whimsical, Fun!

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  • Lindsborg is a fun place...

    Lindsborg is a fun place to visit between the larger cities of Salina and McPherson. Here one can shop for Scandanavian craft items down town. You can buy buffalo meat from the Smokey Hill Bison Company(www.bisonfarm.com). Get great Swedish pancakes for breakfast. Visit both the earthen Hoglund dugout or the elegant Stenfors mansion. There is much...

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  • brdwtchr's General Tip

    My fondest memory of Lindsborg is without a doubt attending the Midsummer's Day Festival one June. It is held each year in June. My wife made a 'blomsterkrans' for her hair out of fresh flowers. Hundreds of people wore traditional costumes. We ate great Swedish food, watched dancers, listened to music, and looked at crafts for sale. This is the...

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