Pfeifer, Kansas

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Pfeifer, Kansas
KDOT map of Ellis County (legend)
Pfeifer is located in Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Pfeifer is located in the United States
Pfeifer (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°42′29″N 99°09′56″W / 38.70806°N 99.16556°W / 38.70806; -99.16556Coordinates: 38°42′29″N 99°09′56″W / 38.70806°N 99.16556°W / 38.70806; -99.16556
CountryUnited States
1,873 ft (571 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code785
GNIS feature ID475392[1]

Pfeifer is an unincorporated community in Freedom Township, Ellis County, Kansas, United States.[2]


Volga German immigrants founded Pfeifer in August 1876, naming it after the village they had emigrated from in Russia. The final group of Volga German immigrants arrived from the community of Kamenka in June 1878. In 1884, the settlement moved to its current location.[3] A post office opened in Pfeifer in 1887.[4]

Beginning in 1879, local residents constructed a series of church buildings that culminated in the completion of Holy Cross Church in May 1918.[3]


Pfeifer is located at 38°42′29″N 99°09′56″W / 38.70806°N 99.16556°W / 38.70806; -99.16556 (38.7080679, -99.1656536) at an elevation of 1,873 feet (571 m).[1] It is approximately 8 miles (13 km) east of U.S. Highway 183, 11.5 miles (18.5 km) south of Interstate 70, and 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Hays, the county seat.[2]

Pfeifer lies on the south side of the Smoky Hill River in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[5]


Saratov Street, a paved county road, runs north-south through Pfeifer. Northeast of the community, it becomes Pfeifer Avenue, connecting Pfeifer with Victoria 10 miles (16 km) to the north.[6]

Notable people[edit]

Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Pfeifer include:


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "General Highway Map - Ellis County, Kansas" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 1978. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  3. ^ a b "Ellis County". Kansas Heritage Project. Fort Hays State University. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  4. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. ^ "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  6. ^ "Pfeifer, Kansas". Google Maps. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  7. ^ "Monty Basgall". Retrieved 2015-07-10.