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Merci Car

409 Porter St., Arkansas 72342 USA

“one of 49 cars sent to the US from France”

An antique boxcar from the Merci Train is located on the grounds of the American Legion Hut in Helena. It was one of 49 cars sent to the United States following World War I from the nation of France to show France's gratitude for the American lives lost to save French soil. Each boxcar was filled with hundreds of gifts and sent to each of the 48 states that existed at that time with the 49th boxcar split between the Territory of Hawaii and the District of Columbia. Some of the gifts from the boxcar are located at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock.

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