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National Orphan Train
Statue Miriam Zitur

At only 19 months old and an orphan in New York, Miriam, was placed on a train by the Children's Aid Society and sent west. How alone she must have felt but alone she was not. Approximately 250,000 abandoned, orphaned and neglected children from 1854-1929 were relocated by rail to homes throughout North America.  

Miriam was adopted by a family in Minnesota and now has 220 direct descendants. She passed in 1995. Her memorial statue is the first of many that will soon be covering the sidewalks in Cloud County. 

In 2017, the City of Concordia was declared the Orphan Train Town.  

For more information regarding the statues and the National Orphan Train complex, please visit their website at

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