Details for In Vicinity of Coronado's Camp (Atlas Number 5441002626)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441002626

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Marker Number 2626
Atlas Number 5441002626
Marker Title In Vicinity of Coronado's Camp
Index Entry Coronado's Camp, In Vicinity of
Address US 277 & FM 89 junction
City Abilene
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 407012
UTM Northing 3568855
Subject Codes Exploration and expeditions; sports topics; Native Americans
Marker Year 1968
Designations
Marker Location From Abilene, take Highway 277 southwest about 15 miles to junction 89
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text In 1541, the Spanish explorer Coronado is thought to have passed this way en route from New Mexico to the fabled Indian villages of "Quivira", though his path across vast Texas plains is now difficult to determine. Upon finding that his Indian guide, "The Turk", had taken him too far south, Coronado halted at a small canyon or barranca. Here he conferred with his captains and decided to follow the compass directly north. When they reached "Quivira" (possibly in Kansas), no gold was found - only the poor, grass huts of a Wichita village. (1968)