Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog



There was an exhibit in the lobby of the museum about the...

Some items recovered after the tornado and their story.

What was left of the town's tornado warning siren.



The museum also had a few live reptile exhibits.

A large walk through diorama had life size dinosaurs.

Some even moved and talked to us

The most famous item in the museum's collection.


The following are some photos of the Cathedral of the Plains in...







Looking toward the rear of the church.





A farm place along our drive north of Hays. Lilacs lined both...

Elena put her flower arranging skills to work on these flowers we...

(Ron Writing) This morning it was cool, crisp and sunny. We decided to tour the AAA Gem-rated Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, KS. This museum is named after a local resident who collected many of the fossils displayed, and was the museum’s curator for some 25 years. It’s a small museum that is primarily devoted to the history of animal life in this area from millions of years ago when it was under a vast sea, through the dinosaur period and more modern times. George Sternberg’s most notable find was the “fish within a fish”. This area of KS is apparently quite rich in fossils that are preserved in the limestone not far from the surface of the earth.

After touring the museum we drove about 10 miles east of Hays to the small town of Victoria, KS. This town was settled by Volga-German immigrant settlers in the late 1800’s. Volga-Germans were from Russia and moved here to avoid religious persecution and to find a better life. These Roman Catholics were deeply religious and built a beautiful Romanesque cathedral in Victoria. It is huge, especially considering the size of the town. It has become known as the “Cathedral of the Plains” and is noted as “one of the 8 wonders of KS”. We were impressed with the size and beauty of this church. There are many very large stained glass windows on all four sides.

This afternoon we drove north on Hwy 183 to Phillipsburg, KS. Both of my parents were born and raised on farms near here and I still have several relatives living in this area. One of my aunts had her 90th birthday today and her children are hosting a celebration dinner tomorrow. We are staying in a small campground in the city park ($10 per night with water & electric hookups). This afternoon we linked-up with my sister and brother-in-law from CA. They drove out for the party also and arrived shortly after we did.

This evening we were invited to a cousin’s home for a pre-party get-together. It was fun visiting with my aunt and several cousins whom I’d not seen in several years. We’re looking forward to another fun day tomorrow.

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