Orphan Train Riders Experiences

By: Stephanie Devlin

Orphan Train Experience

The Orphan Train Experience was a program that transported orphaned and homeless children from cities that were crowded in the United States and put them into foster homes. This happened because the parents passed away, were in the war, or they abandoned their own kids, or the kids ran away. Orphan Train stopped in many different states but mostly were in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. Most of the Orphan Train riders were put into Foster Homes in Pennsylvania and New York. The Orphan Train riders were put into foster homes with thirty kids in it, the people who ran the foster homes took the kids in and raised them as their own family. Some kids ran away because they didn't know what was going on.

When did the Orphan Train Experience occur?

The Orphan Train experience occurred during the late 18th century through the early 19th century.

Orphan Train Riders


Video of what the Orphan Train was.

Orphan Train- State Documentary

Documentary of Orphan Train Riders experiences

Riders on the Orphan Train: Largest Child Migration

Interview with one of the train riders.

Orphan Train Rider Museum Opelousas Interviews