Coronado Heights is north and west of Lindsborg, just over the county line in Saline County; however, most people who visit this location do so while doing the Lindsborg "thing."
The monument seen here is dedicated to the Spanish explorer, Francisco Coronado, the first European visitor to the region. The hill beyond is known as Coronado Heights. It is believed with some certainty that Coronado traveled this far north into Kansas before giving up on his quest for the fabled seven cities of gold. All he found were plains Indian villages, probably of the Wichita tribe.
Atop the hill is "The Castle," built in 1936 of Dakota sandstone, a depression-era public work. Several picnic areas with large sandstone fireplaces were also created at the top of Coronado Heights in Saline County, Kansas. From this castle, you get a nice view of the surrounding prairie land.
A wildlife refuge and state fishing lake cover several square miles of prairie east of Lindsborg which make for a super countryside retreat.
Herds of bison and elk roam around the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. You might spot some animals from the road or from the observation tower, but there are also rides around the meadows aboard tractor-pulled 'trams' which cost 7 dollars for adults, 5 dollars for kids under 12, with kids under 4 free. A campfire meal costs an extra 10 dollars. Rides are available any time of the year if you book ahead.
When I visited the refuge there had been a recent burning to renew the prairie grass. I pulled up alongside the fence and immediately saw three bison trundling by.
Adjacent to the refuge is McPherson State Fishing Lake. You can park here and take a short trail upstream through cottonwood groves and cattails. The main wildlife attraction here are the birds, like bluejays, scarlet cardinals and red winged blackbirds. Great blue herons, the lonely giant fishers of the forest, stand still in solitude.
Take exit 72 on I-135 (3 miles east of Lindsborg) and head for 10 miles east to Roxbury. Turn left and look for the sign 5 miles south.
This is spiderwart flower growing on the hill near Coronado Heights. If you break the stem of this flower it leaves a long sticky string like a spider web behind so that is where the name comes from. Some ranchers call this flower 'cow slobbers' because when the cattle eat it they appear to have drool made of the spider strings hanging from their mouths.
Red Barn Studio on 212 S. Main is another place to see art work in Lindsborg. For a listing of all the places to enjoy works of art look in the Lindsborg 'Visitor's Guide' available free at visitor center and the museum.
Look for these pictures on the walls of buildings down town. There are many of them hanging out side. The pictures are made from weather resistant materials and the project is called 'Art in Public Places'. I think it is a good idea.
Cottonwood trees have seeds that float down on cotton like tufts. The wind will carry them for miles like tiny parachutes. The wood of these trees is soft like 'cotton' and not much good for most uses. The trees are good for climbing in.
Looking up into the branches of the cottonwood tree. Cottonwood is the state tree of Kansas. There are many big old cottonwood trees in the park near the mill.