More On Orphan Trains

Steam Train

If Penny Estelle’s post for her new book, Riches To Rags, sparked an interest in Orphan Trains, accounts of actual Orphan Train riders can be found at:

You might also be interested to know that sold out performances of “Orphan Train, The Musical” were put on this weekend as part of New York’s Grand Central Station centennial celebrations. From there the show goes on the road, or in this case, track, as it will be performing at stops along the original Orphan Train route in order to raise awareness of issues related to foster care and other modern day youth concerns.



  1. Poor kidos my teacher wants us to do a research project for the orphan train and I need some more info does anyone Know a good website I could use please I could really use the help…

  2. Jeannette Baher Konkel · · Reply

    My father was an Orphan Train rider, but we know nothing about who he was. He rode the train from New York, probably in the very late 1800’s or early 1900’s. He was raised in Iron Mountain, Michigan by an older couple who wanted someone who would take care of them in their old age. They had raised a girl and when she was married they wanted someone who would take care of them in their old age.

    The woman was not too good to him and he ran away when he was about 15 or 16. He worked in an iron mine west of them and when there was a strike he went back to them and they moved to a town further south in Michigan. Don’t know why, but from there they moved to Joliet, Illinois. There was a church there that was Slovenian, which they both were.

    When he married and they were older, they moved in with him. He was raised in their name which was BAHOR. He was never adopted but had kept that name, which he changed to BAHER. None of this was done legally.

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