Gift from the people of France to Minnesota
11200 West 78th Street
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344
Presented by the people of France to the State of Minnesota in gratitude for American efforts in World War II and after. Fourty-nine of these “Merci” (thank you) cars were brought to the US in 1949, one for each state and one split between Hawaii and the District of Columbia, filled with gifts from French people from all walks of life to unknown Americans. The actual rail cars (called 40 and 8's), were used to take 40 men or eight horses to the front during WWI. This particular car was renovated by Company C, 142nd Engineer Battalion, Camp Ripley, Mn. in 1996, and can be seen daily there at the Minnesota Military Museum. Standing inside, one can almost hear the sounds of the men and animals of 1916 going to war.