Amarillo in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Juan de Padilla
Self Sacrifice of Padre Fray Juan de Padilla – 1544
Built to the glorious and perpetual memory of Father Fray Juan de Padilla, O.F.M. Franciscan Missionary, first martyr for Christianity in the United States and in Texas
Accompanied the Coronado Expedition to Palo Duro Canyon. Went with Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his chosen party in search of La Gran Quivira.
Returned soon and began his zealous labors for the civilizing and christianizing of the Wichita and other Indian nations in the region of the Texas Panhandle.
His martyrdom occurred in 1544
Erected 1936 by the State of Texas and the Texas Knights of Columbus. (Marker Number 2873.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
Location. 35° 12.167′ N, 101° 50.879′ W. Marker is in Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker is on South Washington Street south of West 11th Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in Ellwood Park by the northwest corner of the tennis courts. Marker is in this post office area: Amarillo TX 79101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. St. Mary's Academy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); H. B. Sanborn House (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Legion Hanson Post No. 54 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alice Victoria Ghormley Curtis House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old First Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Polk Street Schools (approx. half a mile away); The Bivins Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Santa Fe Building (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amarillo.
Also see . . . Texas State Historical Association. The actual location of Padilla's death is disputed, as are certain details surrounding the episode, such as who was really with him. However, he had been revered by Texans as the first Christian martyr of Texas, and possibly of the United States. (Submitted on December 15, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.