The Orphan Train

Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is January 18th, 2008, I’m Jason, and I am here to talk about the Orphan Train.

The Orphan Train was a train that transported orphans to the mid-west for adoption from 1854-1929. About 200,000 children were adopted during this time.

Two charity organizations were determined to help the homeless children in large cities like New York City. So they developed these trains that would transport the children to places in the west for families to adopt children for farms and such. Soon, these trains were known as the “Orphan Trains.”

Some people disbelieved in this. Some people thought it as a form of slavery. They thought that since the children were sent out west to farms to work, that this was a form of slavery. Some was and some wasn’t. Some children would have been better off homeless.  Some were mistreated, like abused.

There is now a museum for the Orphan Trains. The National Orphan Train Museum and Research Center is located in Concordia, Kansas.

If you were homeless, and the Orphan Train stopped at your city, would you get on? Leave us a comment to express your opinion!

Remember, I’m Jason, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!

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