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Things To Do & See In North Central Kansas – #3

Things To Do & See In North Central Kansas
This is a series of 12 posts featuring attractions from natural wonders to man made oddities and just about everything in-between; all of which you can find in North Central Kansas.

Orphan_Train_museum_IMG_4419Located just 1 1/2 hours from Alton, Kansas down highway 24 is Concordia. [Cloud County]

One of many attractions in Concordia, Kansas is The National Orphan Train Complex –

In 1853, Charles Loring Brace and a group of fellow businessmen created an organization to help care for the neglected children of New York City. They called it the Children’s Aid Society. Today this movement is considered by many to have been the beginning of the modern foster care system. Orphaned children from New York were taken in groups as large as 40 children by train to selected stops along the way to the west.  Supervised by at least one “western agent” the children were taken in by families at each stop.Orphan_Train_Museum_IMG_4357

Housed in an old depot in Concordia, Kansas this museum and research center tells the story of the children who were part of the Orphan Train Movement that lasted till 1929. They work to preserve knowledge about these orphan trains and the children who rode them and to create awareness of the movement.

Visit their website for more information. http://orphantraindepot.org/



Counties in North Central Kansas include: Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Osborne, Republic, Russell, Saline, Smith, and Washington – These posts represent just a small sampling of what you can find in our part of the state; if you have visited our area please feel free to comment on the amazing wonders of Kansas that you have experienced.


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