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What's in a name? - January 6, 2017

 A bird's eye view of Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas, 1879. (Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)

Q: The name of this north-central Kansas town is Latin for "harmony." Can you name it?


 
A: Concordia (in Cloud County)
 
Concordia is the county seat of Cloud County in north-central Kansas. Located along the Republican River in the Smoky Hills, Concordia has a population of about 5,400. It's the home of Cloud County Community College and the Nazareth Convent and Academy, which is housed in a beautiful building constructed in 1898. 
 
Concordia is the Latin word for harmony and in Roman mythology, Concordia is the goddess of harmony. The name was chosen for the Kansas town because one of the town's early promoters had once lived in Concordia, Missouri.  
 
During World War II, about 5,000 German prisoners were held at a P.O.W. camp just north of Concordia. (The number of prisoners housed at Camp Concordia rivaled the number of people living in town!) The remnants of that camp, as well as some re-created buildings, can still be seen today.  
 
The guitarist for country superstar Garth Brooks is a guy named Jim Garver, whose hometown happens to be Concordia. Garver is credited with naming the bar "The Oasis" in the famous Garth Brooks song, Friends in Low Places. "The Oasis" is a (now closed) bar in Concordia. Now, THAT's a Kansas Trivia question! (Yes, but we already used it, years ago.)

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