To the stories,
You’ve heard about Kansas’ world-class sunsets and wide-open spaces. We definitely have those, but oh the stories we have to tell! Cloud County is home to many “untold” stories in American history.
What is it that sets us apart? From the National Orphan Train Complex that tells the story of a movement that changed the lives of over 250,000 children, to the stories of German POW’s who found a peaceful home during a time of great atrocities during WWII. From one man’s vision of community that grew into a grand center of culture, to the heart of women dedicated to service. From the stories of the past that made us and touched the nation, to the entertainment centerpiece that brings us all together. It’s the stories that connect us and need to be shared.
Experience our thriving restaurants, interesting selection of museums, cultural attractions, and entertainment options. We have an abundance of things to do while you’re in Cloud County.
Explore below to customize your perfect Kansas vacation when you stop through Cloud County with just the destinations and experiences you’re looking for. To the dreamers. To the doers. To the seekers. To the remembered. To the centered. To the stars!
Concordia Broadway Plaza
The Broadway Plaza is the City of Concordia’s premier outdoor public event space. Home to 100-150 events each year, the Broadway Plaza serves as a gateway to Concordia’s downtown shopping, dining and entertainment district.
Located in the heart of downtown Concordia, the Broadway Plaza is a gorgeous new enhancement to the North Central Kansas area, providing the perfect gathering spot for individuals and families to relax, unwind and socialize while enjoying a beautiful day. The site includes an incredible public performance stage, an enormous digital television/movie screen, scores of unique outdoor dining spots, a fully-automated, zero-depth splash pad, and so much more! The Broadway Plaza is the ideal location for your next function, from weddings, birthdays, graduation parties and other special occasions to all types of fun-filled festivals and celebrations!
Brown Grand Theatre
Built in 1907, the Brown Grand Theatre was financed by a wealthy Concordia banker, Colonel Napoleon Bonaparte Brown. At his father’s behest, Brown’s son, Earl, along with Earl’s wife Gertrude, researched design and supervised construction in keeping with the Colonel’s vision. The well-respected Boller Brothers, known for their unique eye for detail and uniqueness, designed the building. It is modeled after Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. where President Lincoln was assassinated. This fully restored theatre has served as a civic auditorium since it opened on September 17, 1907.
Cloud County Historical Society Museum
The Cloud County Historical Society Museum, once an Andrew Carnegie Library, houses a staggering number of exhibits, artifacts, and objects: a full-sized Lincoln Page biplane, an iron lung, tools from countless professions and trades, and thousands of articles in between that helped transform life for people in Cloud County and across the nation. The stories preserved within these walls are monumental.
National Orphan Train Complex
The Orphan Train Museum pays tribute to a partnership forged with the railroads in which infants and children, orphaned or abandoned, were systematically relocated away from large cities by two of New York’s Largest orphanages, the Children’s Aid Society and the New York Foundling Home. The Orphan Train Movement ran from 1854-1929. In those 75 years, over 250,000 children were relocated to sponsored homes in all 48 states.
Orphan Train Statue Stroll
With over 40 statues depicting Orphan Train Riders, what began as just a few bronze statues, has become an attraction in itself! Each statue tells a story of an actual orphan train rider. Our collection is ever growing. With a majority of the statues placed in the beautiful Concordia Downtown Area, it is easy to take a short walk to find them. There are several more placed in various places around town and make for a fun little drive or if you’re ambitious, you can get your steps in and walk. Then hop in your vehicle and head out to the POW camp, Jamestown, and Clyde to see the rest!
The Sisters of St. Joseph Nazareth Convent
Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, this magnificent structure has towered over Concordia’s landscape since 1903, but their story of service began long before this home was built. The five-story red brick building with towers reaching seven stories is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The incredibly intricate stained-glass windows, stunning architecture, and extensive collection of art and artifacts makes a tour of the Convent memorable.
Whole Wall Mural
At 140 feet in length, the 6,400 brick Whole Wall Mural is the largest sculpted brick mural in the US. It is located on the east wall of the Cloud County Museum Annex and Concordia Travel Information Center/Cloud County Tourism office. The incredible piece of public art depicts the history of Cloud County. The Whole Wall mural is a project of the Cloud County Historical society.
POW Camp Concordia
At the start of World War II, the War Department quickly made provisions to build a number of prison camps throughout the Midwest to house captured Germans. In a matter of months, WWII German POW Camp Concordia sprang to life north of Concordia. At its peak, the Camp housed 4,000 German prisoners and 1,000 military and civilian staff. At the end of the war, most of the 308 buildings were dismantled or moved. Today visitors can see the large T-9 warehouse where the POW Museum is located, the concrete water tower base, original stonework at the main entrance and guard tower and T-63 guard post building.
Frank Carlson Library
The Frank Carlson Library is the Public Library for Concordia, Ks. It is named for Frank Carlson, who was elected thirtieth governor of Kansas in 1946. Kansas honored Carlson by naming him “Favorite Son” at the 1969 Republican National Convention. Two buildings, the Frank Carlson Library and the federal building in Topeka, bear his name. Senator Frank Carlson is the only Kansan in state history to have served in the U.S. House of Representatives, in the U.S. Senate, and as governor of Kansas. You can learn more about him in the Frank Carlson room which houses many interesting details about his service.
Jamestown Wildlife Area
Jamestown Wildlife Area is located in both Cloud and Republic Counties. Just west of Concordia, outside the community of Jamestown, the wildlife area consists of 5,124 acres. There is ample hunting area as well as over 1,900 acres of wetlands. The area offers excellent opportunities to view and photograph wildlife as well.