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Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Merci Train

 
 
Merci Train Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 30, 2002
1. Merci Train Marker
Inscription.  The Louisiana box car of the Merci Train from France expressing the gratitude of that nation presented by Consul General Lionel Vasse to Governor Earl K. Long on February 22, 1949, in appreciation of the generosity of the American people.

Dedicated on these grounds by the Old State Capitol Memorial Commission on June 12, 1949 by Drew Pearson. Fred G. Dent, Chairman; Harry P. Baham, V.C.; Albert R. Isenberg, Secy; George Wildes, Niles P. Evans
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, World IWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Merci Train Boxcars series list.
 
Location. 30° 26.816′ N, 91° 11.325′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Memorial is on North Blvd.. The Louisiana Box Car of the Merci Train is on the grounds of the Old Louisiana State Capitol building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge LA 70801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Merci Train (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Baton Rouge

Merci Train and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 30, 2002
2. Merci Train and Marker
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(a few steps from this marker); Site of Early Gunsmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Old State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); Louisiana's Old State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); Marcha de Galvez (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baton Rouge.
 
More about this marker. The Merci Train shows the appreciation of the French people to the American Veterans of World War I and World War II.
 
Louisana's Old State Capitol Building image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 30, 2002
3. Louisana's Old State Capitol Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 3, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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