Pilsen, Kansas

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Pilsen, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Pilsen, Kansas is located in Kansas
Pilsen, Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°28′17″N 097°02′25″W / 38.47139°N 97.04028°W / 38.47139; -97.04028Coordinates: 38°28′17″N 097°02′25″W / 38.47139°N 97.04028°W / 38.47139; -97.04028[1]
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyMarion
Founded1874
Government
 • TypeUnincorporated
Elevation[1]1,434 ft (437 m)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s)785
FIPS code20-55875 [1]
GNIS feature ID0477246 [1]
 
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Pilsen, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Pilsen, Kansas is located in Kansas
Pilsen, Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°28′17″N 097°02′25″W / 38.47139°N 97.04028°W / 38.47139; -97.04028Coordinates: 38°28′17″N 097°02′25″W / 38.47139°N 97.04028°W / 38.47139; -97.04028[1]
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyMarion
Founded1874
Government
 • TypeUnincorporated
Elevation[1]1,434 ft (437 m)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s)785
FIPS code20-55875 [1]
GNIS feature ID0477246 [1]

Pilsen is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Kansas, United States.[1][2] It is named after the city Plzeň in Czech Republic, formerly Bohemia.[3] The community of Pilsen has always had a population less than 100, which is too low to incorporate as a city.[3]

History[edit]

19th century[edit]

For millennia, the land now known as Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was secured by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Marion County was founded.

The community was founded in 1874 and named to honor the city of Plzeň of Bohemia by Bohemian immigrants.[3] The area was settled in the 1870s and 1880s by 46 Bohemian families of Czech and German descent who purchased their land from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.[4]

In 1888, the first Catholic church was built. It was a two-story frame building; the upper floor was the church and the lower flower was the rectory. The building was converted into a convent after the second church was built.[3]

Up until about 1902, the community was centered around a General Store that was located approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of the current Pilsen site.[3]

20th century[edit]

Captain Chaplain Emil Joseph Kapaun

After the General Store closed in 1902, Mr and Mrs Cerny built a new two-story store at the current Pilsen site, and continued to operate it until 1944, then later it was torn down in 1970.[3]

The current St. John Nepomucene Catholic church as built in 1914-1915. Train carloads of brick were ordered from Kansas City then delivered to the closest station in Lincolnville. The pile of bricks in Pilsen was so large that people often joked "how many churches are you going to build?" The church cost approximately $30,000, but the cost would have been higher if it had not been for the local volunteer labor. In 1924, an eleven room rectory was built. In the early 1940s, Emil Kapaun was pastor at the church and assisted Father Sklenar.[3]

A post office existed in Pilsen from March 17, 1917 to March 8, 1957.

21st century[edit]

On June 3, 2001, volunteers dedicated a statue honoring Chaplain Emil Kapaun at St. John Nepomucene Church.

In 2010, the Keystone-Cushing Pipeline (Phase II) was constructed near Pilsen, north to south through Marion County, with much controversy over road damage, tax exemption, and environmental concerns (if a leak ever occurs).[5][6][7]

Geography[edit]

Pilsen is located at 38°28′17″N 97°2′25″W / 38.47139°N 97.04028°W / 38.47139; -97.04028 (38.4714024, -97.0402972),[1] approximately 7.5 miles (12.1 km) north of Marion.

Area events[edit]

Area attractions[edit]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

Pilsen is part of Unified School District 397.[11][12] The high school is a member of T.E.E.N., a shared video teaching network between five area high schools.[13] All students attend schools in Lost Springs area.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Route 77 is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east, and U.S. Route 56 is 7.5 miles (12.1 km) south of the community.

Utilities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Pilsen
Marion County
Father Emil Kapaun

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