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Kansas Historical Marker

Father Juan De Padilla And Quivira

Kansas State Historical Marker
Dickinson County
US-56, Dickinson County
One mile south of Herington on city route

      In 1540 Francisco Vasquez de Coronado marched north from Mexico with 300 Spaniards in search of the Seven Golden Cities of Cibola. With them were several priests, including Juan de Padilla, a Franciscan friar. When the golden cities proved to be only adobe pueblos the Spaniards went on to explore the Southwest and Padilla was among those who discovered the Grand Canyon. Later he marched with a party of 30 picked horsemen to the land of Quivira in Kansas.