Near Herington in Dickinson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Father Juan de Padilla & Quivira
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. For 25 days in the summer of 1541 Coronado remained among the grass-hut villages of the Quiviran Indians, then returned to New Mexico. Padilla went with him, but the following year came back as a missionary. Here he was later killed by the Indians the first Christian martyr in what is now the United States. Although the exact place of his death is unknown there is a monument to Padilla in City Park in Herington.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission.
Location. 38° 38.928′ N, 96° 56.508′ W. Marker is near Herington, Kansas, in Dickinson County. Marker is on U.S. 56/77 0.1 miles south of Wind Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside pulloff, about one mile south of Herington. Marker is in this post office area: Herington KS 67449, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Rock Island Depot (approx. one mile away); Bicentennial Monument Dedication (approx. 1.1 miles away); Juan de Padilla Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Vietnam Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Hope City Bell (approx. 7.9 miles away); Wilbert Henry Otte (approx. 10.4 miles away); Chaplain (Father) Emil J. Kapaun (approx. 13.3 miles away); Chaplain (Captain) Emil J. Kapaun (approx. 13.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Herington.
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Also see . . .
1. Juan de Padilla. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Juan de Padilla in 1912 Kansas Cyclopedia. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Juan de Padilla Region of the Secular Franciscan Order. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.