Liberal in Seward County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
When Coronado came to Kansas
After more than a month spent in exploring central Kansas, the expedition returned to the Southwest, disappointed in the quest for riches but favorably impressed by the land itself. Juan Jaramillo, Coronado's lieutenant, wrote: "It is not a hilly country, but has table-lands, plains, and charming rivers . . . . I am of the belief that it will be very productive of all sorts of commodities."
According to legend, Seymour S. Rogers, the first settler here in the mid-1880s, was said to have been "mighty liberal" with water from his well. From this came the name for the city established here in 1888.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Kansas Historical Society series list.
Location. 37° 2.038′ N, 100° 54.604′ W. Marker is in Liberal, Kansas, in Seward County. Marker is at the intersection of Yellow Brick Road and East Pancake Boulevard, on the right when traveling north on Yellow Brick Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Liberal KS 67901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seward County War Dead and Missing in Action (approx. 0.8 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.9 miles away); Liberal Memorial Library (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Pioneer Mother of Kansas (approx. 0.9 miles away); International Pancake Day (approx. one mile away); Original Hand-Dug Well (approx. 1.9 miles away); Panhandle Baptists (approx. 10.3 miles away in Oklahoma). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberal.
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