Pilsen, Kansas

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Pilsen, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Pilsen is located in Kansas
Pilsen
Pilsen
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°28′17″N 97°2′25″W / 38.47139°N 97.04028°W / 38.47139; -97.04028Coordinates: 38°28′17″N 97°2′25″W / 38.47139°N 97.04028°W / 38.47139; -97.04028[1]
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyMarion
Founded1874
Elevation[1]1,434 ft (437 m)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code785
FIPS code20-55875 [1]
GNIS feature ID0477246 [1]
 
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Pilsen, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Pilsen is located in Kansas
Pilsen
Pilsen
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°28′17″N 97°2′25″W / 38.47139°N 97.04028°W / 38.47139; -97.04028Coordinates: 38°28′17″N 97°2′25″W / 38.47139°N 97.04028°W / 38.47139; -97.04028[1]
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyMarion
Founded1874
Elevation[1]1,434 ft (437 m)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code785
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 (German: Pilsen) 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 in Kansas.[3]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau. In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles.

19th century[edit]

In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre. In 1848, after the Mexican-American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo with Spain brought into the United States all or part of land for ten future states, including southwest Kansas. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Marion County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Pilsen.[4]

Pilsen 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.[5]

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.[6]

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).[7][8][9]

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.

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Education[edit]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

Pilsen is part of Unified School District 397.[13][14] The high school is a member of T.E.E.N., a shared video teaching network between five area high schools.[15] All students attend schools in Lost Springs area.

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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.

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