One of the earliest, if not the first, industries in McPherson was the Haight Foundry located at the intersection of the Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroad tracks in the west part of the city of McPherson.
The foundry was active sometime in the early 1880s – the exact date has not been determined. It was operated by J.B. Haight, one of the original founders of McPherson, and a crew of seven men. Castings of iron window weights, railings, stairways, and other building materials were manufactured. One of the more whimsical pieces made at the Haight Foundry is this little frog doorstop. Helen Haight Hutchinson, daughter of J.B. Haight, donated the frog back in 1972 so it could be enjoyed by the visitors to the museum.
The McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation has an assortment of over 30,000 artifacts in its collections. We want to share some of these with you, so we will be posting a few of the more eclectic examples for your enjoyment. We hope you will visit the museum in the future. Until then, stay safe and well.