Cathedral of the Plains

Cathedral of the Plains (HM14N8)

Location: Victoria, KS 67671 Ellis County
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N 38° 51.393', W 99° 9.069'

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St. Fidelis Church

— Capuchin-Franciscan Friars —

Erected between 1908 and 1911 by German and German Russian Catholics, this native limestone edifice is one of the largest buildings on the Great Plains, its twin towers soar 141 feet above its 220 feet by 79 feet foundation.

Placing of the 100-pound blocks was by hand, assisted only by block and tackle. Besides collectively contributing $192,000 for the project, each parisioner was required to haul six wagon loads of stone from the quarries in southern Ellis County.

Moving spirit of the erection of Victoria's fourth Catholic church building was Father Jerome Mueller, a Capuchin-Franciscan.

Called the "Cathedral of the Plains" by William Jennings Bryan, the church was approved by the National Park Service on May 14, 1971 for entry in the National Register of Historic Places as a building of architectural significance.
HM NumberHM14N8
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 6:14am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 486885 N 4300868
Decimal Degrees38.85655000, -99.15115000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.393', W 99° 9.069'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 23.58" N, 99° 9' 4.14" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900-998 Cathedral Ave, Victoria KS 67671, US
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