National Orphan Train Complex, KS

National Orphan Train Complex
300 Washington St, Concordia, KS

"From 1854 to 1929 an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed throughout the United States and Canada during the Orphan Train Movement.
When the orphan train movement began, it was estimated that 30,000 abandoned children were living on the streets of New York City.
Charles Loring Brace founded the Children’s Aid Society in order to help these children."

hi, If you want more history of this orphan train, please go "here", because maybe like me you were totally clueless and knew nothing about this? 30,000 ...did you hear that number? Is that not wild, I mean, wow ...whether their parents past do to flu, disease, not be able to take care of them or whatever ...that is just ... wow, what a HUGE number???! I did learn a bit from some our friends in our camping group who had been to the museum already. Saying how emotional it was, sad and hard to hear and listen 2. Hope it is okay to call is a museum, I want folks to know about it, go see it, tell their friends and family about it. This was news to me, I didn't realize this was a thing that went on within the USA, it was shocking but so interesting to learn. "Orphan Train Rider Stories" 

I am thankful for all the folks who got this ball rolling and make it a known exhibit, a place to learn, pictures to see and enjoy. I love learning and I hope so many other folks do as well. The train is the original train, it was fixed up, sadly the train that was the kitchen was no longer around, I wonder why they had this one the children rode in, but not the kitchen train, did it burn up or? I am always curious why so many parts of our history are pushed under the rug, I know parts of this story might be sad, but it is a learning experience, teaching moment. The last few shots are just so amazing, I had to share. Makes it so real, I am thankful that some of the children are still alive, able to pass on their legacy to this group, to their family, there are statues throughout the city in honor of them. Thank you for stopping by today. Have a great day!! Be Well & Be Blessed!! Beth ( ; 


eileeninmd said…

What an interesting museum, it is sad to learn there were/are so many homeless children. Not sure if I wished you a Happy New Year yet, I wish you all the best in 2020. Have a happy day and a great new week ahead!
Jenn Jilks said…
You are right. It is history many of us do not know about. Good for you.
WOW I never heard of this either.
Ruth Hiebert said…
That is both interesting and so sad. I had never heard of something like this.
Linda said…
Wow! Those are large numbers! I have heard of the orphan trains but did not know so many children passed through that system.
William Kendall said…
I wouldn't have known. Quite sad.

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