Victoria (HM1IWL)

Location: Victoria, KS 67671 Ellis County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 50.795', W 99° 8.815'

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Nowhere in America were two colonies more unlike than those that came here. Scarlet-coated Britishers who chased antelope on bob-tailed ponies were joined by frugal and hard-working German-Russian immigrants. A Scotsman, George Grant, with 69,000 acres purchased from the railway, offered country estates to aristocrats. The immigrants came for religious freedom and to escape the czar's army. Cricket and Hays City dance halls delighted one colony, homestead rights and the steppe-like prairie the other. Victoria, established 1873, was named for a queen and laid out by a London architect. Herzog, just north, established 1876, was built of sod and named for a Volga village. By 1880, most of the aristocrats had moved on, and Herzog took over Victoria. Achievements here were: introduction of Aberdeen Angus cattle to the U.S. by Grant; pioneer crops of hard winter wheat by the immigrants.
     Victoria now includes both towns. Its Catholic church, St. Fidelis, is widely known as the "Cathedral of the Plains." In a cemetery one-fourth mile west are graves of track workers massacred by Cheyennes in 1867.
(See illustration of Cathedral on other side)
Series This marker is part of the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceTown
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker Number40
Placed ByKansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees38.84658333, -99.14691667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 50.795', W 99° 8.815'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 50' 47.7" N, 99° 8' 48.9" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)785
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Old Hwy 40, Victoria KS 67671, US
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