West by Orphan Train

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Genre:   Documentary, History
Country:   U.S.
Subtitles:   NO
Rating:   PG
Runtime:   58 min.
Director:   Colleen Bradford Krantz
Producer:   Colleen Bradford Krantz, Clark Kidder
Website :   West by Orphan Train

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West by Orphan Train


It seems incomprehensible that there was a time in America’s not-so-distant past when nearly a quarter of a million children from East Coast orphanages were loaded on trains and sent west, where they were presented “for the picking.”

West by Orphan Train will tell the story of these children, who were taken from a sometimes-rough existence to an unfamiliar rural setting during an era that lasted from 1854 to 1929.

As some of the last of the still-living orphan train riders like to remind us, it was a different era — one that can’t be judged without understanding what lives were like then.

West by Orphan Train, a documentary film completed in October 2014, hopes to offer that understanding.

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