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Orphan Trains To Missouri

Orphan Trains To Missouri

Orphan Trains to Missouri documents the history of the children on these Orphan Trains with their struggles, their successes, and their failures.

Cheap fares, the central location of the state, and numerous small farming towns along the railroad tracks made Missouri the perfect hub for the orphan trains, even though many areas of the state were still largely unsettled. Researchers have estimated that from 150,000 to 400,000 children were sent out on orphan trains, with perhaps as many as 100,000 being placed in Missouri.

Touching stories of volunteers who oversaw the placement of the orphans as well as stories of the orphans themselves make this a rich record of American and Midwestern history.

SKU: 2346