40 & 8 Boxcar

40 & 8 Boxcar (HM841)

Location: Annville, PA 17003 Lebanon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 25.922', W 76° 34.206'

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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 received a boxcar filled with gifts, ranging from humble offerings to priceless art and antiques. The District of Columbia and the Territory of Hawaii shared the forty-ninth car. Gifts of sacrifice from individuals conveyed each donor's depth of gratitude to America for liberating France in two world wars and for sending the friendship train, a $40 million food relief effort carried out by American volunteers in 1947, which saved many French citizens from starvation. The 40 & 8 boxcars, so named because of their capacity to hold either 40 men or 8 horses, transported soldiers and horses to and from French battlefields during WW I. Many WW II soldiers rode the boxcars as well. The merci train boxcars now stand as a tribute to sacrifices and bravery of American veterans who served in France in two world wars and as a symbol of friendship and gratitude between the people of the United States of America and the citizens of France.
HM NumberHM841
Placed ByQuesters of Pennsylvania
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 12:21pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 366822 N 4476894
Decimal Degrees40.43203333, -76.57010000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 25.922', W 76° 34.206'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 25' 55.32" N, 76° 34' 12.36" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 N SR 934, Annville PA 17003, US
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