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California
Merci Train Boxcar

The California boxcar is located in Fresno at American Legion Fresno Federal Post #509, 3509 N. First St.

Image: Terri Bell collection. This is Terri's mother and her family by the CA car in 1949.

1949 Merci Train Boxcar California  
 

Photographed in Fresno at American Legion Fresno Federal Post #509 - looking good!

Image: Todd Schannuth, Dec 2013

1949 Merci Train Boxcar California  
 

Image: Todd Schannuth, Dec 2013

1949 Merci Train Boxcar California  
 

New plaque from its most recent restoration. Same inscription as the old plaque (see below).

Image: Todd Schannuth, Dec 2013

1949 Merci Train Boxcar California  
 

New herald from its most recent restoration.

Image: Todd Schannuth, Dec 2013

1949 Merci Train Boxcar California  
 

Seen here in 1998 at its former location by the zoo.

Image: Todd Schannuth

1949 Merci Train Boxcar California  
  Image: Todd Schannuth 1998 1949 Merci Train Boxcar California  
 

French Merci Train Boxcar

This is one of the French Boxcars of the French Merci Train sent to the United States in 1949 as a Thank You token to the American people for the Freedom Ship of food and clothing send to France in 1948.

The car was filled with many articles of handicraft and heirlooms from the French people.

This is the kind of French boxcar that transported our men, horses and equipment in France during World War I and appropriately marked "40 Men or 8 Horses".

This car was allocated to California and given to the 40/8 Society by Governor Earl Warren and placed in Fresno as a war memorial.

Image: Todd Schannuth 1998

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