The First Orphan Train Riders

The First Orphan Train Riders

While doing research for his new book on the history of the New York Juvenile Asylum and its orphan trains, Clark Kidder, co-producer and co-writer of West by Orphan Train, made an incredible discovery. In an old ledger kept by the New York Juvenile Asylum he discovered the names and ages of thirty-six of the children that rode the very first orphan (to Dowagiac, Michigan) in September 1854. After his book is published in 2019, Mr. Kidder will add the names to the interactive map here on our...

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