Cloud County Convention & Tourism

130 E 6th St Concordia, KS 66901

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Orphan Train Rider Statues Were Prepared for the Solar Eclipse

This past week, you may have seen the Orphan Train Rider Statues sporting brightly colored protective eye-wear. The reason for the googles was in preparation for the solar eclipse which took place on August 21, 2017. Special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers were required to view the eclipse. Last week, Cloud County Tourism helped prepare the Orphan Train Rider Statues for the solar eclipse by providing googles to each bronze child. The solar eclipse attracted visitors from all over the world to view the rare phenomenon. Concordia, KS saw a drastic increase in hotel reservations and highway traffic as travelers passed through on their way to Nebraska

Riders on the Orphan Train to Present Free Concert at The Broadway Plaza

A free multi-media presentation will be given on Saturday, August 26 at 7 p.m. at The Broadway Plaza by Riders on the Orphan Train, the official outreach group of the National Orphan Train Complex. At 6 p.m. a sloppy joe and hot dog meal will be provided before the event. The cost for the meal is $10 per person while supplies last. Guest speakers include Novelist and Humanities Scholar Alison Moore and singer/songwriter Phil Lancaster. Together through audio and visual elements, they bring public awareness to the largely unknown chapter in American history, the Orphan Train movement. Riders on the Orphan Train tell the story of the 250,000 orphans and unwanted children who were put on trains