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Coronado And Quivira

Kansas State Historical Marker
Rice County
      Eighty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Spanish explorers visited Kansas. Francisco Vasquez 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.

    US-56, Rice County
    Roadside turnout, 3 miles west of Lyons