“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Floydada in Floyd County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Coronado in Blanco Canyon

Coronado in Blanco Canyon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard Denney, June 1, 2007
1. Coronado in Blanco Canyon Marker
Inscription. From 1540 to 1542, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado led the first organized European exploration of the southwest in search of the fabled "cities of gold." With a company of more than a thousand men and women and thousands of horses and mules, cattle and sheep, Coronado trekked north from Culiacan, Mexico, through land that became Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
The exact route along which their Indian guides led the Spaniards between Pecos Pueblo in New Mexico and the Arkansas River in Kansas has long been a subject of debate among historians. Surviving documents are brief, vague and occasionally contradictory. Twice in the spring of 1541, the company camped long enough to have created detectable archeological evidence; the first time, they chose the site of a Teya Indian camp. A hailstorm struck, destroying most, if not all, of their pottery. They occupied a second camp for two weeks in a canyon that was described as being "a league wide."
In the 1950s and 1960s, two pieces of chain mail were discovered by local ranchers in and near Blanco Canyon. Since 1993, a series of other objects, both European and from other parts of the southwest, have been found in the same
Panorama of Blanco Canyon Photo, Click for full size
By Richard Denney
2. Panorama of Blanco Canyon
Driving into the canyon off the caprock on US 62
area. They include projectile points similar to those used on crossbow arrows. Crossbows were obsolete after this expedition and are unlikely to have been used by any other group of significant size. In the late 1990s, archeologists began the task of confirming this area as the location of one of Coronado's camps. Evidence and artifacts recovered supported the theory that Coronado passed through Blanco Canyon.
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12355.)
Location. 33° 53.525′ N, 101° 21.596′ W. Marker is in Floydada, Texas, in Floyd County. Marker is on US 62. Click for map. US-62, roadside park, 8 miles S. of Floydada. Marker is in this post office area: Floydada TX 79235, United States of America.
Categories. AnthropologyHispanic AmericansNative Americans
Panorama of Blanco Canyon Photo, Click for full size
By Richard Denney
3. Panorama of Blanco Canyon
Roadside park picnic tables visible to right.
Road Side Park, South of Floydada, Tx Photo, Click for full size
By Richard Denney, June 1, 2007
4. Road Side Park, South of Floydada, Tx
Looking south down US 62. Picnic tables of roadside park where marker is located are visible through trees, left of road. Sign pointing to historical marker visible across road (right).
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,835 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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