SALINE COUNTY SEAT
Coronado Heights is nearby in Southern Saline County. Built by the WPA (Works Projects Administration) in 1936, the main "castle" was inspired by the exploration of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. This Spanish explorer marched north from Mexico in 1540 searching for the Seven Golden Cities of Cibola. In New Mexico he was told about the Land of Quivira, and he turned east and north in search of this mythical place. By the summer of 1541, he had reached the Arkansas River in Kansas, crossing it near present Dodge City. Coronado found no gold in Quivira and returned to New Mexico.
This was one of the places that lead me as a child to think more about history and exploring the world.