Louisiana Orphan Train Museum
Established October 10, 2009
In 2009, a former century old Union Pacific freight depot was restored to become the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum.
Opelousas was one of the many railway destinations for thousands of homeless children rescued from the streets of New York City from 1854 to 1929.
With the assistance of the The New York Foundling Hospital, more than 2,000 children were placed in homes throughout Louisiana.
Opelousas played a significant role in the Orphan Train Movement by welcoming countless numbers of children who arrived on the trains. The first Orphan Train arrived in Opelousas in 1907 and was subsequently followed by two more trains.
The Louisiana Orphan Train Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the historic event of the arrival of the Orphan Train riders.
Erected by City of Opelousas, Louisiana.
Location. 30° 31.895′ N, 92° 4.48′ W. Marker is in Opelousas, Louisiana, in Saint Landry Parish. Marker can be reached from South Academy Street near Ronald Reagan Highway (U.S. 190), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 223 South Academy Street, Opelousas LA 70570, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Pacific Freight Depot (here, next
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