Ellis County St. Fidelis Church (The Cathedral of the Plains) in Victoria, Kansas   Victoria,

Founded: 1873
Population: 1157 (1990)
Elevation: 1940 feet
Latitude: 38° 51' 10" N
Longitude: 99° 8' 50" W
School District: USD 432
ZIP code: 67671
Area Code: 785

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Cathedral of the Plains

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Victoria is located in eastern Ellis, [EL], County just south of I-70.  From the interstate, the country looks flat, but south of town the Smokey Hill River has carved a huge valley.  It was settled by immigrants from two cultures and has a rich past.  A historical marker on the south side of town describes its early settlers.

Today it's a prosperous, tightly-knit community that offers traditional small town values just minutes from the nearby city of Hays and from Fort Hays State University.

  • The limestone St. Fidelis Church, the Cathedral of the Plains, in Victoria is a magnificent Catholic church built by German settlers.
  • Before the town existed, the Kansas Pacific railroad was built through here.  A memorial just off old US-40 honors six laborers killed by Cheyenne Indians as they worked on the track.
  • The traditions of the German immigrants who settled here are honored with statues and a bronze tablet.
  • The home of George Grant, who introduced Aberdeen-Angus cattle to the U.S. still stands and is a historic site.

City Office
(785) 735-2259
1005 Fourth / Victoria, KS 67671

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August 2, 2000 / Mary Pfeifer / Victoria, Kansas / victoria@ruraltel.net

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