Canton, Kansas

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Canton is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, United States. The population was 829 at the 2000 census; the estimated population as of July 1, 2007, was 797.[3]




Canton is located at 38°23′14″N 97°25′40″W / 38.38722°N 97.42778°W / 38.38722; -97.42778 (38.387129, −97.427853)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.

Area attractions

  • Canton is the site of the McPherson County Fairgrounds. The McPherson County Fair has been held in Canton since 1948.[5]
  • Six miles north of Canton on Kansas Highway 86 is the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. In fact, Canton has been identified as the "Gateway to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge."[6] This section of land is preserved natural prairie, comprising rolling hills, creeks, springs, and beautiful prairie grasses and wildflowers. Here 200 head of bison and 50 elk roam free. It was established in 1859 by John Gault Maxwell to allow future generations to experience Kansas as it was in the 1800s, prior to settlement.[7] This 2,254 acres (9.12 km2) refuge is owned and managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.[8]
  • Canton has two water towers, labeled "HOT" (in red) and "COLD" (in blue).[9] The words were painted on as a tourist attraction in 1956 at the suggestion of local real estate agent Mrs. M.D. Fisher.[10] In fact, both tanks hold water at an average temperature, neither chilled nor heated.[10]

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