I already shared with you our day trip to LINDSBORG, KANSAS and this interesting place is located just on the outskirts! We drove up a very steep and windy road and arrived at the top of a pretty big hill (for Kansas anyway!!) At the top was this “castle” and a outdoor fireplace and gathering area and picnic tables on the edge of the hill. The best part though was the wonderful view across the prairies! The wildflowers were blowing in the wind and the hot sun was shining. It was a wonderful place to visit.
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.
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 present Coronado Heights and another Bethany College professor promoted the name of Coronado Heights for the hill. In 1920 the first road known as Swensson Drive was constructed on the hill 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 with an engraving stating “Coronado Heights “A Place to Share”” was placed half-way up the hill.
The hill is now Coronado Heights Park, owned by the Smoky Valley Historical Association. The view at the top of the hill is spectacular and people on the top can see for miles. In the Spring and Summer there are wildflowers in bloom on the hill. Many visitors have carved their names or initials in the soft Dakota Formation sandstone at the summit. In summer, there is an abundance of Cnemidophorus sexlineatus viridis lizards around the castle
information is from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronado_Heights
If you would like to read an even more detailed history of Coronado Heights, please just click on this link. http://www.kansassampler.org/8wonders/geographyresults.php?id=251
One of my favourite things about moving to a new place is exploring the area and this day was a great one!
I have been missing from my blog for over a week because there was an attempt to break into my blog email account! My husband was away on business at the time and since he is my I.T. guy, he suggested I just turn my computer off until he returned. I have a few things I could share, but I am way behind in my writing! It was a little bit nice to have a technology break!!
Anyway, its Monday again – another week. It is a dark and dreary morning here in Kansas! That will all change by Wednesday when the sun comes back and it warms up and my cousin comes to visit from Canada. I can’t wait!!