March 24, 2018 -- National Orphan Train Complex & Museum
This museum is located at the restored Union Pacific Railroad Depot in Concordia, Kansas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Between 1854 and 1929, a quarter million abandoned babies and “street rats” (as the older children were referred to by police) left slums in New York, Boston, and other coastal cities aboard trains, headed for new lives in the midwest and other rural parts of this country. Their experiences are recounted at the new National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia, Kansas, as well as in the new documentary, ‘Placing Out’, both sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.
The Orphan Train Movement was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States to foster homes located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The orphan trains operated between 1854 and 1929, relocating about 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. The Orphan Train project is widely accepted as the beginning of the Foster Care system in the U.S.
If you’ve never heard of these Orphan Trains, their operation is certainly a fascinating part of U.S. History. Several good books are available, some written by authors who were orphans put aboard these trains for a new life elsewhere. Google can be your friend. 😊
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From 2018 Daily Photos