Between 1854 and 1929, over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and sent west to find new homes in the largest child migration in American history. Forty were brought to Clifton-Morenci, Arizona, in 1904.
The “Orphan Trains – Foundlings to the Frontier” educational program, funded in part by the Arizona Humanities Council, informs audiences about this little-known chapter in history.
Two free, family-friendly programs will be held at Coolidge Public Library on Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and the Clifton Public Library on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
– Phil Lancaster, Riders on the Orphan Train