"Proud Legacy of the Volga Germans" Victoria by yooperprof

Victoria Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 44 photos

Immigrants! It's the American Story.

In Kansas History we learned how the Volga Germans brought Hard Winter Wheat to central Kansas in the late 19th century, a crop that survived the severe prairie climate and which enabled the settled to make a new home for themselves here where the Great Plains begin. Volga Germans - descendents of colonists who had been attracted to settle in Ukraine by the powerful Russian Tsars Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. They must have been formidable people - and this sculptor has done a fine job of capturing their spirit and their willpower. Especially the mother!

"I feel like I'm always waiting at the corner of 10th and Dolorosa."

Sounds like a line from an obscure Tennessee Williams play! The twin towers of St. Fidelis Church are visable for miles in every direction.

Victoria Historical Marker

"Nowhere in American 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 streppe-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. Achievments here were: introduction of Aberdeen Angus cattle to the US 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 cemetary one-fourth mile west are graves of track workers massacred by Cheyennes in 1867."

  • Last visit to Victoria: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated Sep 12, 2006
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