Aug. 21, 2015: In case you hadn’t noticed, Concordia has a lot to offer! by Kerrigan Rudolph

August 21, 2015 by

Kerrigan Rudolph

Kerrigan Rudolph

Home of the Brown Grand Theatre, National Orphan Train Museum, World War II POW Camp, the Cloud County Historical Museum and Concordia’s annual Fall Fest Celebration… This small town of about 5,200 has a lot to offer!

One of Concordia’s most well known historical buildings is the Brown Grand. It was publicly opened in 1907 as an opera house. In 1925 it was converted into a movie theater. In 1971, the Brown Grand closed for restoration then had its grand re-opening in 1980. It is said to still be the most elegant theater from Kansas City to Denver.

The National Orphan Train Museum and Research Center has stories and artifacts of those who were part of the Orphan Train movement from 1854-1929. The movement brought children from New York City on trains to go to a new home. The National Orphan Train Complex is the only museum in the country that focuses entirely on the movement.

Located just a few miles northeast of Concordia on the Fort Kearney Road is the Concordia Prisoner of War Camp. Most of the camp is gone due to time but a couple of towers still stand. Many German prisoners of war called this camp home during World War II.

An additional tourist attraction in Concordia is the Cloud County Historical Museum. It exhibits many historical items representing early-day Kansas. Examples include Charles Blosser’s 1928 Lincoln Page bi-plane hanging from the ceiling, the old county jail cell, two rooms of the POW Camp and much more.

Finally, Concordia has its annual Fall Fest in September to celebrate being a community. Many vendors set up along Main Street and sell their “goodies.” In addition, there is a car show, parade, street dance and lots of fun and games for those in attendance. Concordia swells in size when Fall Fest is going on.

Concordia has many things to offer that you are able to enjoy and learn from. And Concordia has friendly people with whom you can enjoy all these places and events.

 

— Kerrigan Rudolph is an eighth-grader at Concordia Junior High School this fall.  She is the daughter of Emmet and Paige Rudolph.

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