Funds still needed to complete Coronado Heights project

By Nick Gosnell
September 04, 2014
Chris Abercrombie

Funds are still needed to complete the repair and renovation project at Coronado Heights near Lindsborg.

The castle was built in 1936 as a WPA project and is a destination site for visitors around the region.

The Smoky Valley Historical Association has raised nearly sixty percent of the $57,000 needed for the local portion of the project, to be paired with the Kansas Heritage Trust Fund grant received in February. So, there is $24,000 still to be raised so that construction can begin on time next spring.

Plans are to replace the second floor observation deck on the castle, seal and smooth the floor, make the castle and restrooms accessible, improve the restrooms, secure any loose rock in the buildings, and replace deteriorated support timbers.

The road up to the site will be double sealed with asphalt. The original WPA water drainage systems will be restored. The plan is to install security cameras to curb vandalism, inspect the Olsson stairway to correct any deficiencies and inspect the side of hill picnic and cooking areas and take whatever measures are needed to preserve them.

If you'd like to donate to the project, you can do so online at, or write a check to the Smoky Valley Historical Association and mail it to PO Box 255, Lindsborg, KS 67456.