Churches Of The Prairie 21

Holy Cross Church – 1918  Pfeifer, KS

Construction started on the Church in 1915 and it was dedicated on May 3, 1918.  Known as the two-cent church, because families paid two cents for every bushel of wheat they produced to finance the construction.  They also donated their time for labor, quarrying and delivering the stone.

Coming into town from the north, the church’s gothic tower soars above the wheat fields.  The main tower is 165 feet tall, believed to be the tallest gothic spire in Kansas.












In 1993 the Catholic diocese dissolved the parish.  The parishioners started the Holy Cross Charities, Inc a non-profit organization to preserve the majestic church.  Donations can be mailed to:

Holy Cross Charities, Inc.  PO Box 5  Pfeifer, KS  67660


Back view of the church and school.


Holy Cross Cemetery


This area of Kansas was settled by  German speaking people from the Volga River area in southern Russia.  Iron crosses are part of their heritage.







6 thoughts on “Churches Of The Prairie 21

  1. shoreacres

    A beautiful church for a beautiful new year. The stonework is just as amazing. It’s as lovely outside as in, and the iron crosses are wonderful. I’m so much looking forward to a new year of posts from you — they’re fun as can be!

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    1. Debra Farmer Post author

      This church is a few miles off of I70. Next time you are in Kansas there are a lot of churches along that highway. Just so sad that they aren’t offering mass any longer, but so thankful of the effort to save the building.
      I’m excited about your blog and can’t wait to see the changes you are making!!!

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      1. Jessica

        How awesome. Can you imagine coming upon such a beautiful sight in a covered wagon or old fashioned car? Bet they thought they were “home” seeing such a beauty. 💜


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