I ran across a photo of this castle online and noticed it was located in Lindsborg, Kansas. I knew it was not too far away from Wichita, so I searched for the Lindsborg website to find the castle’s exact location. I read the first few lines about the castle and it said:
“Listed on the National and Kansas State Registers of Historic Places – Voted one of the 8 Geography Wonders of Kansas”and then “Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez Coronado, in search Quiveria and the Seven Cities of Gold, came to the Smoky Valley in July, 1541.”
I got excited because my wife is a history buff, so I texted her to see if she would like to take a family trip to check it out. She read through the information and found out the history of the castle in more details. It turns out the rest of the story explained the castle was built during the Great Depression as part of the federal government-sponsored Work Progress Administration in 1936. It was built to honor Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez Coronado. While the castle is not a part of Kansas history from 1541, it is still Kansas history.
I learned some things about the depression from my wife. I didn’t know that work was specifically created to help with jobs. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a program for the unemployed that was created in 1935. The purpose of the program was to provide useful work for millions of victims of the Great Depression to preserve their skills and self-respect. The economy would in turn be stimulated by the increased purchasing power of the newly employed, whose wages under the program ranged from $15 to $90 per month.
My wife and son did not go with me because it was a bad allergy day for both of them. I almost regretted going because it was extremely windy and cold. I am used to the wind, but the castle is on the top of a large hill with nothing blocking the wind. These are a few of the photos I took. I plan to go back in the future with my family because it is very pretty, but simple.
If you plan to visit, check out the Smoky Valley Historical Association Website.
Check out more details for the Works Progress Administration on the Britannica website.
Just in case you wanted to know, there are bathrooms.