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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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  • September 29, 2017
    Stop by if you're passing by Lindsborg Kansas.. a site to see.. and if you're on time for a sunset.. relax and enjoy a moment. A castle looks like from medieval times.. though it's not and was built d...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    Its neat, and the story is interesting. The photo's make it seem more majestic than it is, but definitely worth the trip. We watched a beautiful sunset from the vantage point.  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    There were a lot of people there on a Saturday afternoon. It was fairly empty on the inside. You can have a picnic inside and there were grills outside I think you can grill at. The stairs going up ar...  more »
  • June 14, 2017
    I love this place because it's off the beaten path. It's old and historic. It's recently been renovated. Basically it's a miniature castle on the hill with a place to picnic. When the wind isn't blowing so crazy it's also a great place to picnic on the hillside. There are at least half a dozen stone picnic benches that are placed hillside. It's definitely a cool place to see. Old bathrooms onsite, but I'd use bathroom before I got her.
  • June 24, 2017
    Based on the history, very cool place to visit. Not a whole lot to do, but it's unique and provides a fantastic view of the surrounding area. We watched the sunset and it was beautiful.
  • March 20, 2017
    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.
  • June 19, 2017
    Amazing place for a day picnic. Wonderful views of the surroundings!
  • June 14, 2017
    Nice place to have a picnic and some decent views but not much else.

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