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The 40 and 8 is a bit of history in Fresno that probably few know about. No need to enter the fenced area and please replace cache carefully. There an interesting plaque at the 40 and 8 accessible during business hours. Enjoy the hunt, bring a writing devise, be careful of Muggles, and leave a donation next door if you can.
Congratulations to kingsrafter on the FTF.
The 40 and 8 is a bit of history in Fresno that probably few people in Fresno know about. Back in 1947 after WWII, the people in Europe following the Nazi occupation were struggling to survive. A newscaster, Drew Pearson, put out the challenge to the people of the United States and every state responded with millions of dollars in food and clothing for the people of Europe.
In gratitude, the people of France packed 49 Antique French Box Cars full of ‘treasures’; jewelry, art, wine, dolls, all sorts of gifts for the people in America. These little box cars held 40 men or 8 horses, hence the name 40 and 8.
Forty nine 40 and 8 Box Cars were sent, one to each state and one to share between Washington DC and the Territory of Hawaii. Today only 38 are still in existence. California’s was sent to Fresno and originally housed at Roeding Park. It has been restored and is now at the cache site.
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Enjoy the hunt, bring a writing devise, be careful of Muggles, and leave a donation next door if you can.
Note: The French, however, were not the only people of Europe to receive food from the 1947 Friendship Train, nor were the people of France the only ones to express their gratitude to the people of America in a meaningful way; soon after the first shipload of donated food arrived in Italy (on Christmas Day of 1947) a French film company made a documentary film showing the distribution of that food to their destitute citizens. The movie was sent to America with a request that copies be made and that it be shown in theaters across America, which request was complied with. A couple of years later, the Italian government sent a gift of four huge bronze sculptures in gratitude to America for help in ridding their country of their dictator, Benito Mussolini, and also for aid in recovering from the devastation the Nazis had visited on their nation. The statues were placed on the Washington, DC end of the Arlington Memorial and Theodore Roosevelt bridges (two on the abutments of each bridge).
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