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National Orphan Train. The last train went to Sulphur Springs, Texas in 1929.

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Marlin Public Library set to hold free Riders on the Orphan Train Program

Few people today know much about the largest child migration in history. Between 1854 and 1929 over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were sent from New York City by train to find new homes in every state in the continental United States. The last train went to Sulphur Springs, Texas in 1929. Approximately five thousand children came to our state in the early 1900’s.

The program is the official outreach program of the National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center based in Concordia, KS. Their mission is to raise awareness and preserve stories about the orphan train movement. The program here is funded by Humanities Texas.

 

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