National Orphan Train Complex

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National Orphan Train Complex
Orphan train research helps find foster children between 1853 and 1930 who rode trains from New York City, Boston, or Chicago to other states, or Canada. The genealogy of many of these 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children can often be traced back to the Children's Aid Society, or the New York Foundling Hospital, among others.
Orphan Train Museum at the Union Pacific Railroad station, grand opening in 2007 at Concordia, Kansas.

Contact Information



National Orphan Train Complex
300 Washington St.
PO. Box 322
Concordia, KS 66901

Telephone:[1]  785-243-4471

Hours and holidays:[1]  

Tuesday thru Friday: 10:00am-Noon, and 1:00pm-4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Closed:  Sunday, Monday, and all national holidays

Directions:  Google Map

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

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Admission: $5.00 Adults;  $3.00 Children under 12;  $4.00 Group rate for 10 or more people.[1]


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