Visit the park that commemorates the spot where historians believe that Francisco Coronado and 30 of his Spanish soldiers crossed the Arkansas River, during their 1541 expedition to find the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola. A 38 foot cross overlooks the bed of the Arkansas River where diaries indicate that the expedition crossed the river on June 29. This lead historians to reason that priests probably held a religious mass celebrating St. Peter and Paul’s Day--considering this to be the first Christian service held in the interior of North America.

 

   
 
 
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