Near Lyons in Rice County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fray Juan de Padilla
This Cross is erected to the memory of Father Padilla, Franciscan Missionary, who stood with Coronado at the erection of the first Christian Cross on these prairies. Father Padilla devoted his life to the service of the Cross and to the Indians of Quivira and suffered a martyr's death in that service in the year of our Lord 1542.
The symbol on the Cross is inscribed, Jesus Christ, Victor, and expresses the victory of faith and sacrifice. The square, quartered by the Cross, denotes the four corners of the World brought into Christian unity when Father Padilla carried the Cross of Christianity to the center of the New World.
This cross rededicated by the
Knights of Columbus of Kansas
in celebration of their Centennial in the
September 17, 2000
Erected 1950 by Knights of Columbus of Kansas.
Location. 38° 20.851′ N, 98° 16.592′ W. Marker is near Lyons, Kansas, in Rice County. Marker is on Avenue M (U.S. 56) near 12th Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at a roadside rest area about three miles west of Lyons. Marker is in this post office area: Lyons KS 67554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 Coronado and Quivira (within shouting distance of this marker); Cow Creek Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War and Veterans Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Workman Park (approx. 4.1 miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 4.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away); Cooper Hall (approx. 9½ miles away); Meade Post No 14 G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lyons.
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Also see . . .
1. Juan de Padilla. (Submitted on March 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Francisco Juan de Padilla in 1912 Kansas Cyclopedia. (Submitted on March 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 474 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.