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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Coronado Heights Castle near Lindsborg, Kansas

Coronado Heights Castle

Yes, Kansas has its marvels too. Too often we just drive I-70 and never see all that the state has to offer.

This trip we chose to visit Coronado Heights Castle and Lindsborg, before spending a night in Salina.

In 1541, explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado visited the area while looking for a lost city of gold. Legend has it that, not finding the gold, he gave up the search and returned home.

In the 1900s, a Spanish coin and the chain from Spanish armor were discovered in the area, furthering the belief that Coronado visited.

In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal program to put people back to work during the Depression, built the castle and picnic area that people love to visit today. As you wind up the hill to the castle, you still have little clue to the fantastic views from the top.

Take your camera when you visit. The views showcase the beauty of the Kansas countryside. In June, the land is quilted in a golden and green pattern.

A bike trail circles the base of the hill. The park is located just a few miles northwest of Lindsborg and is easily accessible from I-70 at Salina.

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