Once a month we’ll highlight the well-known sights and charming secrets of a Kansas town. Here, you’ll find details about a quaint rural community in the north central part of the state.Established in 1872, Concordia is home to the Whole Wall Mural, America’s longest sculpted brick mural. The 140-foot carved-brick wall showcases the history, people and places of the Cloud County area. Scenes include the Minersville camp where coal miners lived in the late 1800s, a biplane owned by aviator Charlie Blosser and the Republican River bridge constructed in 1893.
More history comes to life during a tour of the restored Brown Grand Theatre – once the finest opera house between Kansas City and Denver – and turn-of-the-century Nazareth Convent, featuring a beautifully restored chapel and stained-glass grandeur.Another sight worth your time: the National Orphan Train Complex in the historic Union Pacific Depot (pictured above). The museum tells the fascinating story of the more than 250,000 New York City orphans and unwanted children who were given away at train stations across the country between 1854 and 1929.
Complete your exploration of Concordia with a stop at The Huckleberry Tea House. This picturesque dining spot offers scrumptious sandwiches and salads, delectable desserts and the best tea in town.Becky Blake is the Director of the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel & Tourism Division, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.