Ogden in Weber County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Ogden Union Station
The Merci boxcar was a gesture of gratitude from the people of France to the people of the United States for aid given to France after World War II. In 1949, the Merci Train was sent to the United States. It consisted of 49 ’40 & 8’ boxcars, one of each fo the 48 states and one shared by District of Columbia and the Territory of Hawaii. Utah’s boxcar was presented on February 22, 1949 filled with a variety of items donated by the people of France. Some of the artifacts remain in the care of the Utah Historical Society.
This car was built in 1885 in Lyon, France. The boxcar was restored by the 40 et 8 Grande du Utah, the local chapter of La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux. The project was headed by Byron Lewis with generous grants from George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation and Weber County RAMP.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these Peace • Railroads & Streetcars • War, World I • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Merci Train Boxcars series list.
Location. 41° 13.32′ N, 111° 58.754′ W. Marker is in Ogden, Utah, in Weber County. Marker is on Wall Avenue near 24th Street (Utah Route 53), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2429 Wall Avenue, Ogden UT 84401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ogden Union Depot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ogden City Wall (about 500 feet away); Major Drug Company (about 800 feet away); Nicholas Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Belmont Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Watkins Grocery and Cranshaw Photography (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harry Jordan’s Cigar Shop (approx. ¼ mile away); Davenport Saloon (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ogden.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Other Merci Boxcars
Also see . . .
1. Merci Train. (Submitted on February 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. The Story of the 1949 Merci Train. This site lists numerous links to information about each boxcar. (Submitted on February 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
3. Merci Train - Wikipedia. The idea to send a "thank you" gift to the United States for the $40 million in food and other supplies sent to France and Italy in 1947 came from a French railroad worker, and World War II veteran, named Andre Picard. Donations from the Merci Train came from over six million citizens of France and Italy in the form of dolls, statues, clothes, ornamental objects, furniture, and even a Legion of Honour medal purported to have belonged to Napoleon. (Submitted on February 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 774 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.