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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 —

 
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1. Merci Box Car Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Merci Train Boxcars marker series.
 
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. The Merci Box Car is located on the grounds of the City of Holly Hill Municipal Complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1065 Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach FL 32117, United States of America.
 
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);
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2. The Merci Box Car
The historical marker, facing the opposite side, is mounted on the post seen to the right of the box car.
United States Post Office (approx. 2.4 miles away); Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (approx. 2.5 miles away); Persian Gulf War Memorial (approx. 2.5 miles away); Valor (approx. 2.5 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 2.5 miles away); Jessup's Building (approx. 2.6 miles away); S. H. Kress and Co. Building (approx. 2.6 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 . . .  The Fourty and Eight. Website of La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (English: The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses), an organization of American
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3. The Merci Box Car
military veterans. (Submitted on August 24, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, World IWar, World II
 
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4. The Merci Box Car
Merci Box Car Coats of Arms image. Click for full size.
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5. Merci Box Car Coats of Arms
The arms of historically French Provinces of Bretagne (Brittany) and Chinon
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6. Merci Box Car Coats of Arms
The arms of historically French Provinces of La Marche, Flandres (Flanders), Corse (Corsica), and Artois
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7. Merci Box Car Coats of Arms
The arms of historically French Provinces of Orléanais, Comte Venaissin, Languedoc, and Vendée
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8. Merci Box Car Coats of Arms
The arms of historically French Provinces of Dauphiné, Champagne, Nivernais, and Saintonge
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9. Merci Box Car Coats of Arms
The arms of historically French Provinces of Provence, Roussillon, Limousin, and Franche-Comté
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10. Merci Box Car Coats of Arms
Signs depicting the Great Seal of the United States, and the arms of historically French Provinces of Lorraine, the Comté de Nice, and Poitou
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11. Merci Box Car Coats of Arms
The arms of historically French Provinces of Bourbonnais, Bourgogne (Burgundy), Guyenne, and Touraine, along with a sign showing the box car's capacity of 40 men or 8 horses
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12. Merci Box Car Coats of Arms
The arms of historically French Provinces of Navarre (now part of Spain), Lyonnais, Île-de-France, and Savoie (Savoy)
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13. Merci Box Car Coats of Arms
The arms of historically French Provinces of Berry, the Comté de Foix, the Duché de Normandie (Duchy of Normandy), Gascogne (Gascony), and Béarn
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14. Merci Box Car Coats of Arms
The arms of historically French Provinces of Aunis, Fully (now part of Switzerland), Auvergne, Picardie (Picardy), and Alsace, along with an emblem reading "Train de la Reconnaissance Francaise au Peuple Americain" (Train of French Gratitude to the American People)
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15. The Merci Box Car
One end of the car, with an 40 & 8 emblem showing its capacity
Merci Box Car Rededication Plaque image. Click for full size.
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16. Merci Box Car Rededication Plaque
The monument was rededicated on March 29, 2008.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,773 times since then and 208 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.
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