Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
A year later, the French people decided to send back a "Gratitude Train." It was to thank the American people and soldiers for liberating Normandy from Nazi Germany. Forty-nine train cars were sent to the United States, one for each state and the territory of Hawaii. The train cars left Paris in 1949 full of presents from France. They were shipped by boat with a sign that read "Merci America." One of the train cars was sent to Florida with the Borne you see here inside. This Borne was sent by the village of Brou, located a few miles from Paris. The original train car is located next to City Hall in Holly Hill, Florida.
The Borne was originally designed by Guy de la Vasselais, the French liaison officer to General George Patton. They were placed at each kilometer interval along "Liberty Road" which was traveled by General Patton's Third US Army. The road begins
Topics. This monument and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1947.
Location. 30° 27.727′ N, 84° 16.778′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Memorial can be reached from Lake Ella Drive east of Legion Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker located lake side of the Sauls-Bridges American Legion Post 13. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 229 Lake Ella Dr, Tallahassee FL 32303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Florida Vietnam Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Woman's Club of Tallahassee (approx. ¼ mile away); Lafayette Township Grant (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Lafayette Township Grant (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Plantation Cemetery At Betton HillOld Spanish Trail Highway (approx. 0.9 miles away); Original Lincoln High School (approx. one mile away); Towle House (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
Also see . . . On Tallahassee’s French Connection. (Submitted on November 23, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
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