The Spanish in Kansas
Immigration to Cherryvale, KS
By: Miss Heckathorne
Our immigrant group came from the northern region of Spain. This region is called Asturias. Specifically, this immigrant group came from Arnao, Castrillón, which is a district of that region. Originally, this group immigrated to Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Then, the group moved further to places like Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.
Once our immigrant group immigrated to Kansas, they settled in Cherryvale, KS.
The Spaniards immigrated away from their homeland in search of better wages and conditions.
They came to Kansas because they were following the zinc trail. Many of these immigrants worked in the zinc industry in the United States. They had a lot of work experience and would move from one place to another, circulating between the different sites of zinc production and smeltering.