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"Victoria" - Victoria , KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
N 38° 50.792 W 099° 08.812
14S E 487255 N 4299756
Quick Description: This historical marker is located on the south side of Victoria Kansas in a small roadside turn-around at the corner of Main St. and Old Hwy 40.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2013 4:34:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMHG36
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Four For All
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Marker Name: Victoria

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:
Victoria was established in 1872 by George Grant, a wealthy Scotsman who chose the name for the reigning queen of England. Grant hoped to make a profit by recruiting others to raise cattle. After his death, many of the Englishmen he recruited left the area. German Russians arrived looking for good land and the freedom to follow their traditional way of life. Their descendants built St. Fidelis Church. While passing through Victoria in 1912, presidential candidate and Nebraska congressman William Jennings Bryan was so struck by St. Fidelis Church that he bestowed a memorable title upon it: "Cathedral on the Plains". The giant building spoke volumes about the devotion of the families in the parish. Each parishioner at least 12 years of age was obliged to contribute six wagonloads of stone, which had to be quarried and loaded by hand. With seating for 1,100, it ranked as one of the largest churches in Kansas when it opened in 1911. St. Fidelis Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Marker Location: Ellis

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Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Name of agency setting marker: Not listed

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