Victoria in Ellis County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Cathedral of the Plains
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.
Location. 38° 51.393′ N, 99° 9.069′ W. Marker is in Victoria, Kansas, in Ellis County. Marker is at the intersection of Cathedral Avenue and 9th Street, on the left when traveling south on Cathedral Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Cathedral Avenue, Victoria KS 67671, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Capuchin - Franciscan Friars Pioneer Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Memory of the SETH Siblings (approx. 0.7 miles away); Union Pacific Employees Killed In Cheyenne Indian Raid (approx. 0.7 miles away); Merci Train Boxcar (approx. 8.1 miles away); Avenue of Flags (approx. 9.2 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 9.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Victoria.
Also see . . .
1. St. Fidelis Catholic Church. (Submitted on September 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. St. Fidelis Church Stained Glass Windows. (Submitted on September 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. St. Fidelis Catholic Church National Register Nomination. (Submitted on September 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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