Manchester, New Hampshire: Merci Box Car

A World War I French railroad box car filled with presents for New Hampshire, a gift from a grateful France, now displayed in its own little building behind glass.
Address:
Reed St., Manchester, NH
Directions:
West side of the city. I-293 exit 6. South on Front St./Amoskeag St./Eddy Rd, then first right onto Bremer St. Drive five or six blocks, then left onto Reed St. At the dead end of Reed, just south of Bremer.
Hours:
Ceremony annually in Sept.
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Merci Box Car - behind glass. Merci Box Car

The French sent over gifts of gratitude in the "Merci" train, thankful for the relief supplies sent over by individual Americans in the 1940s. Each state received their own box car, and NH has wonderfully preserved theirs in a gorgeous Lions Club-style shrine, decorated with fleur-de-lys and French signage aplenty. It's weird and educational!

[Alyssa Waite, 05/14/2003]

Dec. 2004 - Steve Perley sent photos.

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