The Coronado Stone from Oak Mills, Kansas

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Discusses how Alexander Wetmore's interest in the Coronado Stone, which appeared to be remains of the first Spanish expedition into Kansas, began, and how Waldo R. Wedel became involved in the work with the stone. Work focuses mainly on the race to document the stone as a true remain of the exploration of Francisco Vasques de Coronado, including the Smithsonian's involvement in this validation, and opinions by various SI scientists, two of whom declared the relic a fake.


  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • Wedel, Waldo Rudolph 1908-
  • Bassler, Ray S. (Ray Smith), b. 1878
  • Judd, Neil Merton
  • Harrington, John Peabody
  • Archeology, Division of


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Copy located in "Publications Using SI Archives Collections, A-Z." Smithsonian Institution Archives, File Room.

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The Kansas Anthropologist Vol. 10, 1 & 2 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Antiquities
  • United States National Museum

Physical description

pp. 1-10

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