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Coronado Heights, Lindsborg

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Coronado Heights is a hill northwest of Lindsborg, Kansas, United States. 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.HistoryIn 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. 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 prairie racerunners around the castle.DirectionsIn Lindsborg, go west on Swensson Ave to 13th Ave (aka Coronado Ave), go north 2 miles to Winchester Rd (aka Coronado Heights Rd), go west 1 mile to corner of 12th Ave, turn north into Coronado Heights Park, go over 1/4 mile to Castle.
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  • The castle looks like it does not belong in the middle of Kansas, which makes it even more of an interesting place to visit. The view at the top is very cool. You can climb to the top of the castle. T...  more »
  • We stopped here near sunset during a road trip across the Kansas countryside. It is situated on a very high hill and offers a great view of the surrounding area. Access to it is via a short, uphill, w...  more »
  • I've been to Lindsborg more than half-a-dozen times and have never taken the time to visit, until just recently. It was a perfect, fall day with a good breeze. Located north of town on Coronado or Win...  more »
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  • I will forever love this place. I've been going here since I was a little girl and now, I'm passing the fun on to the next generation. My kids love running around here and enjoying the history and fun adventures this astonishing place has to offer. I will never stop coming here. It truly is the best in the summer time to get the kids out of the house.
  • Be prepared to get some exercise as you climb through some rocky areas. The fort is fantastic for the imagination, and history buffs too. A great place for a family picnic! Some sandstone blocks shown here.
  • Place needs a good cleaning and landscape.. otherwise pretty nice place to come and take pics... be careful of scorpions... if your close by , come and visit.
  • My Mom grew up here as a kid and so we always came for the Hillingsfest. When I was 11, my Daddy and I went to Coronado Heights super early just to see the sun rise. Have you ever seen the sun dance on the horizon, if only for a moment? I have, and it was magical!
  • Fun place to ride. Trail's flow pretty well, some spots technical but not impossible to ride. Rides nice either direction. Watch out for hiker's
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