Original photograph showing the "Castle like" Orphans home in Garrett,Kansas. One can imagine how difficult some of these state operated homes for children were back in the 1870's with very little regulations.
Beginning in 1854, charitable institutions in New York City began sending orphans on trains to the west to find new families, feeling that the children would fare better out west than on the streets of New York. Orphan trains arrived in Kansas between 1867 and 1930, and some 5000-6000 children were placed in Kansas homes. Many were stationed at the Garrett Orphans home before placement.
Photograph measures 3' 1/2 x 10 inches.
Item ID: 2812