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Improvements Made To Coronado Heights Road

KSAL Staff - September 17, 2013 8:34 am

Improvements have been made to the access road to Coronado Heights.

The Smoky Valley Historical Association owns Coronado Heights. According to the organization, the ¾-mile road to the top of the hill has been graded and smoothed. This will provide visitors with a much more pleasant visit to the Kansas landmark located about 3 miles northwest of Lindsborg.

The heavy rains of this spring and summer washed out sections of the road making the trip up and down Coronado Heights hard on vehicles and aggravating for visitors. Recent work has made the road much more pleasant for drivers until funding can be raised to make more permanent repairs.

The Smoky Valley Historical Association of Lindsborg is a small, non-profit organization established in 1919 for the development and improvement of Coronado Heights for the benefit of the general public.

Coronado Heights Park is a scenic overlook and park on a 300′ promontory a few miles northwest of Lindsborg. In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration built a picnic area and castle like building out of Dakota limestone. The winding drive up to the heights is lines with many trees, yucca, and sumac.

The park has grills and fireplaces, including a fireplace in the “castle,” which is otherwise unlighted except for the windows.

Coronado Heights receives its name from Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, who visited central Kansas in 1541, looking for the Native American community of Quivira, where he was told “trees hung with golden bells and … pots and pans were beaten gold.”

Coronado didn’t find his gold, and it is unknown if he actually ascended the heights now named after him near Lindsborg.

Red Neck

September 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

Gee this group can fix this road but the SALINA CITY COMMISSIONERS cannot repair the bridge on Greely so the tax payers can get in and out of the fairgrounds better. Evidently this goes hand in hand with the health department sqirmish.

Skyler Layne

September 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

Red Neck,
The bridge on Greely is never going to be repaired. The decision was made to make the Midway the main entrance to the fairgrounds and Bi-Center so the Greely bridge is closed. There will probably be a walking bridge added but it will not accessible to automobiles.

Red Neck

September 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

If that’s the case then its time for us taxpayers to hold the commissioners feet to the fire. The mayor was on here telling someone the bridge is going to be repaired so much for her statement if she is correct. Seems to me we have a rogue commission and just maybe some recalls should be done. We need a foot bridge there like we need to spent millions on the bi center to sit empty. Further if that is their plan then they better put a traffic signal at midway. One day someone will get killed there and the city will be in court over it. To shut off a road into that area shows just how inept our commissioners are.

Fuchs Mi

September 18, 2013 at 12:14 am

My friend red neck did you happen to read the journal today (tuesday)? They are going to replace that bridge with a bigger one but some one has once again sneaked art into the rebuilding. Yes sir they want art added to the bridge. I suggest you contact your commissioners and tell them no art. If these art people want art let them take their lawn chairs out to south 9th and sit their and look at that $400,000 monster.

Keith Davis

September 18, 2013 at 6:04 am

Readers: I have a question for you. Why would the City of Salina work on a private road that is in the County? Never in my 19 years with the city did they ever make improvements to a road that was not within the City Limits.

Read the articles about the Greeley Bridge replacement being approved by the City Commissioners. Yes the Arts Board wants art on the Greeley Bridge but there in a maximum amount of funds that can be tacked on to ANY project.

Instead of slamming and slandering the City of Salina and its employees why don’t you attend the commission meetings, write letters of concern and try finding a little bit of positive in the projects and employees?

Red Neck

September 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

Keith Davis where did anyone say Salina fixed that road? Its people like you who probably worked on the Greeley bridge years ago that did not construct it properly and now it has failed. No taxpayer monies should be used for arts on the bridge. If these arts people want art on it then they can take their check books out and pay for it themselves. Besides what they call art most of us can trash. Finally you say why do you not attend the meetings well for one thing I do not work for the city and can take time off from my job like you a city employee evidently can do. Secondly unless a group of people with the same views show up the commissioners can care less and act like why are you taking up our time. You can be pro city that is your right and you get a pay check from them but I do not and this Greeley project has been on the back burner much to long.

Red Neck

September 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

Fuchs Mi I finally did get to read my paper as the journal failed once again to deliver it on time. I was glad to read about something finally is going to be done after all this time. Hopefully this time around someone compentant enought will construct the bridge. As for the art I already commented on that in my reply to the city employee.

Fuchs Mi

September 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

I am a reader but the question raised by Keith has no merit as it does not pertain to anything said on here. I hope he mows the grass for the city and does not build bridges.

Keith Davis

September 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

Fuchs Mi .. No it does not pertain to the story directly but it does pertain to at least the first two comments and misconceptions on this story. Therefor, it does pertain. Actually the Greeley Bridge was around a long time before I went to work for the city.
RED.. You indirectly associated the city with this story with your negative comment. Let me ask you this RED.. What does the Health Dept have to do with this story?
I retired from Public Works – Engineering 2.5 years ago RED.
I have wasted too much time trying to reason with a bunch of negative KSALLINK followers. Why, is beyond me. Oh..I was bored and wanted to stir the pot a little to see if I could get more negativity and defamation from some Salina Rednecks. Sound like a good name for a sports team but who would bother to attend to watch you play…. lololol

Red Neck

September 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Just like an engineer to ask a question he should already know the answer to. The city was very dishonest with the county and tried to bully them then when that did not work they became personal. The county did not fall for it and now we see everyone abanding the health department because there will finally be some checks and balances of that department. The city has not been truthful on the closing of Greely and refuses to take responsibility for their engineering department on dropping the ball on the bridge to begin with. Need I mention the Magnolia project? Now I can associate your name and what others had to say about you when you left the city job. If I did play the game I would hire you to clean up after it was over so you could use your engineering skills. LOL

Fuchs Mi

September 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

Once again an city employee or we should say and ex-city employee putting the wrong twist on comments made. Does not surprise me you were an engineer for the city as anyone can be that looking at all the engineering nightmares around the city. This bridge should have been top priority but has been pushed to the back for some reason inconviencing alot of people. Stinkin thinkin on the part of the city manager and commissioners as well as other staff involved.

Fuchs Mi

September 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

By the way you should apologize for your racist comments towards rednecks.

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