Show Notes: Orphan Trains

Tracy Wilson

Today they're mostly known as "orphan trains," but the trains that carried children from U.S. cities on the East Coast to farms out West between 1854 and 1929 didn't just have orphans as their passengers. They weren't always headed out West, either. About 250,000 children did find new homes on the trains, though, through outplacement programs that set the foundation for foster care and adoption systems in the United States.

Our listener mail is from Valerie, who shares an excellent story following our episode on the Pueblo Revolt.

For more knowledge: How Adoption Works

Episode link: Orphan Trains

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