The Orphan Train Riders

By Berkley Williams

What was the orphan train?

"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."-Wikepedia

How many people boarded the orphan train?


A quarter million children rode the orphan trains from 1854 to 1929.

The Orphan Trains