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Concordia, Kansas
Recently branded “The Orphan Train Town,” Concordia is home to the National Orphan Train Complex, which includes the museum, research center and restored train car. The museum tells the story of the Orphan Train Movement, which lasted from 1854-1929. During those 75 years more than 250,000 orphaned or abandoned children from New York were placed in all 48 states. The National Orphan Train Museum is the single biggest reason visitors stop in Concordia. It is estimated that one in 25 people know or are related to an orphan train rider.
During WWII there were 16 POW camps in Kansas, and the one located in Concordia was the largest. It housed 4,000 German prisoners and a thousand military and civilian personnel. Visitors can see the stone guard tower, the guard post building and tour the museum located inside T-9 warehouse by appointment.
Other attractions located in Concordia include: the Nazareth Convent, home to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas, which was built in l903 and currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Cloud County Museum, whose exhibits include a 1928 Lincoln Page bi-plane, a Martha Washington letter and two rooms devoted to POW Camp Concordia; the Brown Grand Theatre, built by Colonel Napoleon Bonaparte Brown in l907; and the Whole Wall Mural, the longest sculpted brick mural in the United States.
Cloud County Tourism will make all the arrangements with the attractions and be your personal step-on guide while you are visiting Concordia. “It's our job to keep you happy, get you where you need to go and keep you on schedule. We provide Welcome Bags for all visitors and a surprise treat on your departure,” says Susie Haver, tourism director. “There is no charge for our services.”
A guided tour at each attraction takes about an hour, and five of the six attractions in Concordia are within a 10-block area (POW Camp Concordia is two miles out of town on a paved road.). Group tour-friendly dining options are located nearby, and attractions and restaurants often comp one tour director and the motorcoach driver. Payment for all attraction admissions or donations may be made to Cloud County Tourism by credit card or check. For more information, phone Susie or Marian at (785) 243-4303 or visit cloudcountytourism.com.

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