Morgan-Dowell Welcome Center
Start your tour in the Morgan Dowell Welcome Center, which houses the museum archives, files on over 6,500 orphan train riders, and a small research library. When you arrive, you will begin by watching a 12 minute introductory video that explains the basics of the orphan train movements. Our helpful volunteers will answer any questions you may have, and then send you on to our historic depot and train car.
Additionally, the foyer houses two original stained glass art pieced created by local artist Robin Isaacson. They were donated by Robin and John Isaacson and Bobby and Wanda Morgan, in memory of Darrell Dowell.
Our Gift Shop/Book Store can also be found in the Morgan Dowell Welcome Center. We keep our shop stocked with a variety of books about the orphan train movement, small train related items, postcards, and more. For a complete list of books and items for sale, visit the virtual store.
Union Pacific Depot
The 1917 Union Pacific Depot has been completely restored and is now part of the National Orphan Train Complex. Exhibits in the depot outline why the orphan train movement began and share personal stories of many orphan train riders.
Jones Education Station
The Jones Education Station is the permanent home of the Legend Train Car. While the Legend was never used to transport orphan train groups, it was owned by an orphan train committee member and later by an orphan train rider. Visitors are invited to walk through the train car and imagine what it would have been like to travel with an orphan train. The Jones Education Station also contains small exhibits that tell the train car’s story.
All of Concordia is our museum with our orphan train statues. For more information, click here.