Welcome to the Louisiana Orphan Train Website!

Welcome to laorphantrain.com

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Welcome to the official website of the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum.

This website is dedicated to the preservation of the historical event of the arrival of the Orphan Train riders from New York Foundling Hospital to Louisiana between the years 1873 and 1929.

It serves in conjunction with the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum located in Opelousas, La., one of the many railway destinations for thousands of young abandoned and sometimes homeless children rescued from the streets of New York and seeking rural homes across the US from 1854 to 1929.


This impressive mural (measures 7’ x14’) depicting the arrival of the orphans at the train depot in Opelousas graces the main area of the museum. It was painted by renowned Louisiana native and artist Robert Dafford.

Many artifacts belonging to the orphans at the time of arrival will be displayed in the museum. Additionally framed pictures with a silk background of all the known Louisiana orphan train riders will line the walls of the museum.