Coronado and Quivira - Lyons, Kansas
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 20.852 W 098° 16.570
14S E 563249 N 4244623
Marker giving brief history of Coronado's travels to the area in 1541 located along US Hwy 56 west of Lyons, Kansas.
Waymark Code: WMEKD5
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 06/08/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Text of marker:

Coronado and Quivira

Eighty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Spanish exporers visited Kansas.  Francisco Vaquez de Coronado, seeking gold in New Mexico, was told of Quivira by an Indian called the Turk.  Here were "trees hung with golden bells and people whose pots and pans were beaten gold."  With 30 picked horsemen and a Franciscan friar named Juan de Padilla, Coronado marched "north by the needle" from a point in Texas until he reached Kansas.  Here he found no gold, but a country he described as "the best I have ever seen for producing all the products of Spain."  The Turk confessed he had deceived the Spaniards and one night was strangled.  For 25 days in the summer of 1541 Coronado remained among the grass-hut villages of the Quivira Indians, then returned to New Mexico.  Padilla went with him, but the following year came back to Quivira and a missionary.   Later he ws killed by the Indians, the first Christian martyr in the present United States.  Near this marker is the site of one of the largest villages of the "Kindom of Quiviar."

Marker Name: Coronado and Quivira

Marker Type: Roadside

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Marker Location: Rice

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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