Holly Hill in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Merci Box Car
La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux
— Dedicated December 7, 1986 —
Merci Box Car
— Arrived in America in 1949
— A token of appreciation from the people of France to the people of America
— Built between 1872 and 1885
— They were called 40 and 8's, carried either 40 men or 8 horses during WWI and WWII
— The plaques bear the coat of arms of the 40 Provinces of France
Erected 1986 by La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux • Joseph E. Tarr, Grand Chef de Gare du Florida • Leslie E. Truelock - Grand Correspondent • Donald Kill - Grand Directeur Box Car • Stuart Carpenter - Sous Grand Directeur Box Car.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, World I • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Merci Train Boxcars series list.
Location. 29° 14.667′ N, 81° 2.41′ W. Marker is in Holly Hill, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on MacArthur Circle east of Ridgewood Avenue (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling north Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1065 Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach FL 32117, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Ross Point Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seabreeze High School (approx. 2.1 miles away); Daytona 200 (approx. 2.1 miles away); Racing on the Beach 1955 (approx. 2.1 miles away); Racing on the Beach 1954 (approx. 2.2 miles away); 1954 Daytona Beach Stock Car Races (approx. 2.2 miles away); 1954 Stock Car Races (approx. 2.2 miles away).
Regarding Merci Box Car. This Merci Box Car is one of 49 such cars sent by France to the United States after WWII (one car for each state, and one shared by the District of Columbia and the Territory of Hawaii). The cars were filled with gifts of French wine, perfumes, art, bicycles, etc., and were sent in response to a similar "American Friendship Train" which delivered food, fuel, and clothing to France.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. The Forty and Eight. Website of
2. Mercitrain.org website about the Florida Box Car. Includes photos of some of the paintings, now in private hands, donated by French citizens. (Submitted on February 11, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,191 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 23, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. submitted on August 24, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.