Whitwell, Tennessee: Holocaust Box Car with 11 Million Paper Clips

Packed into this Nazi box car are 11 million paper clips, each representing a World War II casualty. A sincere project by Tennessee school children.

Whitwell Middle School

1 Butterfly Lane, Whitwell, TN
At Whitwell Middle School. I-24 exit 155. Drive north on Hwy 28 for about 12 miles. Just before you get to town, turn left into Whitwell High School. Drive around the high school, turn left, then drive around Whitwell Middle School. The box car is next to the school's front door. You can access the car after school hours by picking up a key at Castle's Grocery, in town at 13563 TN-28.
School hours M-F. (Call to verify)
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Holocaust Box Car with 11 Million Paper Clips

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Holocaust Boxcar with 11 Million Paper Clips

Pick up the key for the boxcar from Castle's Grocery, not the store mentioned in the listing. At least as of 6/18/2018.

[Sue Jordan, 06/28/2018]

Box car from a Holocaust train.

Holocaust Box Car with 11 Million Paper Clips

This stop on our trip at the Holocaust Train Car was interesting. One thing to note about this attraction. It is under lock and key. If you visit during the school year and during school hours, you can get an audio tour from the office. If you are there after school hours or during the summer, you need to go to the police station to pick up a key.

[Alecia Johnson, 07/19/2007]
Holocaust Rail Car and 11 Million Paper Clips

Led by two faculty members, in 1998 Whitwell Middle School students started collecting paper clips to represent the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. They eventually accumulated over 29 million paper clips donated from companies and individuals. An extremely rare, original railroad cattle car that transported victims to the camps was procured from Germany and set up in Whitewell.

Half of the car was filled with eleven million paper clips, now representing 11 million WWII casualties. The Children's Holocaust Memorial Rail Car was dedicated in 2001, and "Paper Clips," a documentary film about the project, aired on HBO in 2005.

[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 11/25/2005]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Flying Saucer HouseFlying Saucer House, Signal Mountain, TN - 12 mi.
Airplane Crashed in Parking LotAirplane Crashed in Parking Lot, South Pittsburg, TN - 13 mi.
Cast Iron Cookware ManCast Iron Cookware Man, South Pittsburg, TN - 15 mi.
In the region:
Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, Summerville, GA - 48 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

July 18, 2019

My Sights

My Sights

Save Cool Vacation Destinations!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Tennessee Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Road Trip To The Moon (Jul 15-21, 2019)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Whitwell, Tennessee

Nightly rates found:

Book Now