Huron in Beadle County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
This is one of the 49 boxcars from the "Gratitude Train" given to the United States by a grateful French people in response to the 700 car "Friendship Train" sent to France after World War II. Each state and the District of Columbia has received one of these gift-laden boxcars.
These boxcars were used during World War I to transport troops. Each one is stamped "40 Hommes - 8 Chevaux", which means it has the capacity for 40 men or 8 horses. The coat of arms of each French province are authentic replicas.
This car, which was given to the people of South Dakota, arrived in Huron Feb. 14, 1949, and is maintained by the 40 et 8 Honor Society of the American Legion, whose symbol is the boxcar.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Merci Train Boxcars marker series.
Location. 44° 21.801′ N, 98° 13.78′ W. Marker is in Huron, South Dakota, in Beadle County. Marker is on 3rd Street Southwest west of Livestock Ave, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The French Boxcar is located at the State Fair grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Huron SD 57350, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Where Does the West Begin?/ Here the West Begins Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); Huron, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line).
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.