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Coronado Heights, Lindsborg

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Coronado Heights is a hill northwest of Lindsborg, Kansas. It is alleged to be near the place where Francisco Vásquez de Coronado gave up his search for the seven cities of gold and turned around to return to Mexico.Coronado Heights is one of a chain of seven sandstone bluffs in the Dakota Formation and rises approximately 300 feet.In 1915 a professor at Bethany College in Lindsborg found chain mail from Spanish armor at an Indian village excavation site a few miles southwest of the hill, and another Bethany College professor promoted the name of Coronado Heights for the hill. In 1920 the first road was built up the hill, known as Swensson Drive, with a footpath known as Olsson Trail. In 1936, a stone shelter resembling a castle was built on top of the hill as a project of the Works Progress Administration. In 1988 a sculpture by John Whitfield was placed half-way up the hill with the inscription "Coronado Heights 'A Place to Share'".The hill is now Coronado Heights Park, owned by the Smoky Valley Historical Association. Many visitors have carved their names or initials in the soft sandstone at the summit. It is possible to see for miles from the summit, and wildflowers bloom on the hill in spring and summer. In summer, there are many Cnemidophorus sexlineatus viridis lizards around the castle.
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  • I was surprised by this castle. I could imagine it being an actual castle. You walk into the tower to enter and come to the steps up to the second level. The steps are steep and narrow and since I hav...  more »
  • A very cool castle that has been reinforced recently. A great place to hike, walk, watch the sunrise or watch the sunset. Outdoor grills available for cooking and bathrooms as well. Also a great place...  more »
  • The Heights are 300' above the local plains and that gives you a great 360 degree vantage point to see for miles and miles in all directions. Lots of picnic areas that get a lot of family usage. The c...  more »
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  • Visited this place often as a child. Still try and stop here when visiting my home state. It offers an amazing view of the prairie. Make sure you dress warmly. Even in the summer time there's a constant breeze.
  • Interesting place, the state could do a lot with it. Will go back when warmer and bring a lunch.
  • This place is beautiful. I remember coming here as a kid and my kids will remember the same thing.
  • One of the neatest places in Kansas. Built by the WPA in the 1930s on an outcropping of Dakota sandstone, this park has a castle that offers stunning views, hiking trails and general awesomeness.
  • Fun little landmark to take the whole family to for a picnic and some sight seeing. Beautiful views.