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Merci Train Boxcars Historical MarkersMarkers associated with the 1949 Merci Train, AKA the French Gratitude Train or the Forty and Eight, that were filled with French "gifts of gratitude" to the American people for their support during two world wars. One car went to each of the 48 states, with the remaining car shared by the District of Columbia and Hawaii.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2014
Arizona Merci Train Marker (wide view; marker on left; boxcar restoration plaque on right)
|Near East Indian Bend Road east of North Scottsdale Road, on the right when traveling east. |
|This boxcar is one of 49 that comprised the French Gratitude Train. Once filled with 50 tons of gifts, the Gratitude Train was a way for the people of France to say “Thank You” to the American people for their help during and after World . . . — — Map (db m126700) HM WM|
|On Pecan Street south of Porter Street, on the left when traveling south. |
|This boxcar and the gifts it carried are a reminder of American support of France during two world wars, and of France's gratitude for that support. Such gestures between peoples deserve a lasting place in our memories.
People to People . . . — — Map (db m107797) HM|
|On Front Street at Poplar Street, on the right when traveling south on Front Street. |
|This car is one of 49 given to the American people by the citizens of France in thanks for aid rendered during and after World War II. Utilized for hauling military cargo during two world wars, they were known for their complement of “forty . . . — — Map (db m38658) HM|
|On MacArthur Circle east of Ridgewood Avenue (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling north. |
| 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 . . . — — Map (db m34796) HM|
|Near O'Day Road north of Yellow River Road, on the right when traveling north. |
Veterans Honor Degree of the American Legion
- "BLACKJACK II" Locomotive / BOXCAR represents the Heritage of 40 ET8.
- Origin is from WWI - France.
- Organized in 1920 by Legionaires as the Fun-Honor . . . — — Map (db m116314) WM
|On Canterbury Drive at 13th Street, on the left when traveling north on Canterbury Drive. |
|This 40&8 boxcar is one of forty-nine cars that comprised the Merci or Gratitude Train, a gift to the American People from the Citizens of France. The 40&8 boxcars, so named because of their capacity to hold either 40 men or 8 horses, transported . . . — — Map (db m95638) HM|
|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 . . . — — Map (db m92828) WM|
|Near North Boulevard near Third Street, on the right when traveling east. |
| The French military used boxcars called forty-and-eights to transport goods and soldiers, first in WWI and again in WWII. The boxcars could hold 40 men or 8 horses, hence the name. This
is designated in French on the cars: 40 hommes, 8 . . . — — Map (db m127004) HM|
|On Commerce Street west of South Jefferson Street. |
|This boxcar is one of 49 gift-filled rail cars that composed the Merci Train, also known as the French Gratitude Train, sent to the American people in 1949 by the citizens of France. The gift of the Merci Train was a spontaneous act of gratitude for . . . — — Map (db m96574) HM WM|
This is an original French boxcar. The 40 Homme et 8 Chevaux painted on the ends means this car holds 40 men and 8 horses (or mules). The plaques represent the French provinces. American troops rode these boxcars to and from battle in WWI and . . . — — Map (db m85073) HM WM|
|On Reed Street at Reed Street just off Bremer Street when traveling south on Reed Street. |
|This Box Car was a restoration project of the Grand Voiture du N.H. of the Forty and Eight. This Box Car is one of the 49 Freedom cars sent by the French Government to each one of the 48 states and one to be shared by District of Columbia and Hawaii . . . — — Map (db m19825) HM|
Presented by the French National Railroads
to the State of
in gratitude for the help given to France
by the American people — — Map (db m44706) HM|
|On Fisher Avenue at Clement Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Fisher Avenue. |
|This 40 & 8 Boxcar is one of forty-nine cars that comprised the merci or gratitude train, a gift to the American people from the citizens of France. Pennsylvania received it at a ceremony in Harrisburg on February 6, 1949. All forty-eight states . . . — — Map (db m12546) HM|
|On 3rd Street Southwest west of Livestock Ave, on the right when traveling west. |
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 . . . — — Map (db m112641) HM|
|On Wall Avenue near 24th Street (Utah Route 53), on the right when traveling south. |
|During World War I and II army troops were transported around France in trains. Troops were frequently loaded into boxcars which were boldly stenciled with their carrying capacity: “Hommes 40-Cheveaux 8” (40 men or 8 horses).
The . . . — — Map (db m81036) HM|