Orphan Train Experience
By: Rymir Vaughn
The Orphan Train Movement in the Mid- 1800s to Early 1900s
Away We Go
With the thought that their lives of struggle would end, Brace sent them off by train. They would be placed in a family that could have used an extra pair of hands. The children were not to be indentured. In fact, the older children that were sent by the C.A.S. were paid for their labor.
Orphan Train Stops
The trains stopped at more than 45 states along with Canada and Mexico. Indiana received the most children.
Orphan Trains Bring Children to Midwestern Communities
Different Ends of the Spectrum
Some of the children led very different lives. Some struggled and some thrived. Some becoming lawyers, politicians, teachers, and bankers.
Additions to Society
The Orphan Train led to things such as child labor laws, adoption, and an establishment of foster care services.
Different Accounts of the Orphan Train