40 and 8 Boxcars

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Tue Sep 20 11:07:49 EDT 2005

Thanks for this string of posts on these cars. I had photo'd the one in
Newport News many years ago and didn't know the background.
Charlie Long

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Although I'm a native Virginian and now live in the greater Richmond area, I
lived some 23 years in Baton Rouge, LA until my retirement in 1996. While
there I many times saw the Louisiana "Merci Car" which is displayed under
shelter on the grounds of the "Old State Capitol" (now a museum) at 100
Government Street which is downtown just across the east bank levee from the
Mississippi River. (Also located across from the "Old State Capitol" is the
Louisiana Arts & Science center in Baton Rouge's former 1920s railroad
station and W.W.II Fletcher-class destroyer, USS Kidd, DD-661).)

The URL http://www.sec.state.la.us/museums/osc/merci/osc-merci.htm leads to
a page describing the restoration of Louisiana's "Merci Car" in 1999. This
page and some of the links in it show a number of good pictures of that car.
One of those links also is to http://www.wsrhs.org/mercicar.htm which
contains pictures of most, maybe all, of the still existing "Merci Cars."

The http://www.wsrhs.org/mercicar.htm URL given in one recent N&W Hist. Soc.
"Merci Car" communication leads to a page containing information about the
location of most of the states' "Merci cars" but it incorrectly gives the
location of Louisiana's car as the state capitol grounds. Louisiana's
present state capitol, opened in 1932 and of Huey Long fame -- he was
assassinated in its halls, is some several miles away from Louisiana's
"Merci Car" which, as noted, is on the grounds of the "Old State Capitol."

Tom Parham
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