McPherson County Historical Society
November 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Etzanoa – Discovering the Great Settlement on the Kansas Plains
Located in southern Kansas lies the ancient settlement of Etzanoa, once home to the ancestral Wichita Native American people. The Spanish Conquistador Juan de Oñate led a party there in 1601 where he discovered a city that held 20,000 people making it one of the largest Native American cities in North America. Over time, the city was abandoned and its location became a mystery. In 2015, Wichita State University archaeologist Don Blakeslee began a field study in central and southern Kansas with the goal to re-discover the long-lost city. His efforts paid off and he found the location of Etzanoa near the present day town of Arkansas City.