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Railroad Locationless: Merci Boxcars

A cache by Dan & Janet Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 6/12/2002
Difficulty:
4 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:

This cache can be found in 42 locations in the United States.

The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad boxcars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from French citizens. This was a gift of appreciation for the more than 700 American boxcars of relief goods sent to them by individual Americans in 1948. The Merci Train arrived in New York Harbor on February 3rd, 1949 and each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift laden boxcars. The 49th boxcar was shared by Washington D.C. and the Territory of Hawaii.

We came across our state's boxcar on a recent caching trip. We came home, researched it and then wanted to share the interesting history with others. For more information go to this wonderful website: http://www.rypn.org/Merci

There are 42 of the boxcars still in existence. To claim a find you must be the first to locate one of them. We will consider logs about the seven lost cars if they contain more information than the above website and are backed up with appropriate sources.

To log your find you must upload a photo of the Merci Boxcar with you and your GPSr, report the coordinates where the photo was taken and the location (city, state, etc.) and tell which state that car represented.

You must take the photo for this cache - old vacation photos and photos downloaded from the web don't count. You may only log this cache once, and can't log a boxcar that's already been logged. Once all remaining boxcars have been logged we will archive this cache.

Logs without coordinates and photos will be deleted without question.

Have fun and Merci!

MERCI BOXCARS FOUND
State City Latitude Longitude Date Find # Found By
Alabama Huntsville N 34°41.517 W 086°35.169 6/26/02 8 mdawg & muffin
Arizona Scottsdale N 33°32.273 W 111°55.388 6/20/02 6 roadrunners
Arkansas Helena N 34°31.655 W 090°35.300 10/10/03 28 woodwalker9
California Fresno N 36°45.029 W 119°49.319 9/23/02 16 cachefan
Colorado Eagle --- --- ~1954 - Lost/Unknown
Connecticut Stratford --- --- 1950s - Destroyed/Fire
Delaware Seaford N 38°38.666 W 075°36.584 6/15/02 2 THE DAM TROLLS
Florida Holly Hill N 29°14.667 W 081°02.416 8/17/02 13 the federation
Georgia Atlanta N 33°43.462 W 084°21.725 6/23/02 7 Yellow Jacket
Idaho Boise N 43°36.128 W 116°09.726 1/11/03 20 Explosis
Illinois ??? --- --- ??? - Unknown
Indiana Fort Wayne N 41°05.608 W 085°14.748 6/15/02 5 gobucks
Iowa Cedar Falls N 42°36.516 W 092°27.273 10/10/03 29 Barthonis
Kansas Hays N 38°52.315 W 099°18.021 11/27/03 32 kcmose
Kentucky New Haven N 37°39.420 W 085°35.561 3/26/04 37 Johann Panholtz
Louisiana Baton Rouge N 30°26.822 W 091°11.334 9/14/02 15 Sabaharr
Maine Boothbay Harbor N 43°54.184 W 069°37.316 8/7/03 23 neoc1
Maryland Baltimore N 39°17.136 W 076°37.957 9/2/02 14 birdsfan & birdsfan2
Massachusetts ??? --- --- ??? - Scrapped
Michigan Lansing N 42°40.054 W 084°36.415 10/5/03 26 Caveboy_ken
Minnesota Little Falls N 46° 04.851 W 094° 20.808 2/19/04 34 'Noles Family
Mississippi Jackson N 32°17.975 W 090°10.741 10/29/03 30 Maclir
Montana Harrison N 46°37.639 W 112°06.769 8/4/04 38 Hockeymomz
Nebraska Omaha --- --- 1961 - Burned/Scrapped
Nevada Carson City N 39°08.882 W 119°46.121 9/3/03 24 sailorscodgers
New Hampshire Manchester N 42°59.795 W 071°28.912 7/20/02 11 Fismo
New Jersey ??? --- --- ??? - Destroyed/Fire
New Mexico Albuquerque N 35°04.882 W 106°34.526 3/22/03 21 nmexdancer
New York Whitesboro N 43°06.675 W 075°20.807 3/29/03 22 Tommy's Troop
North Carolina Spencer N 35°41.199 W 080°26.147 7/6/02 10 david&diana
North Dakota Bismark N 46°49.110 W 100°46.803 10/20/02 17 DRAGN tamers
Ohio Port Clinton N 41°32.552 W 083°01.210 9/10/03 25 GrizzFlyer
Oklahoma Norman N 35°13.194 W 097°25.437 11/3/02 18 OKDoke
Oregon Hammond N 46°12.326 W 123°57.928 7/5/02 9 beentherefoundit
Pennsylvania Annville N 40°25.316 W 076°34.207 6/15/02 4 Pulaski
Rhode Island Woonsocket N 41°59.954 W 071°31.006 12/27/02 19 Mountain_Wanderer
South Carolina Columbia N 33°59.472 W 081°01.256 7/27/02 12 VirginiaCreeper
South Dakota Huron N 44°21.807 W 098°13.780 3/03/04 35 1setter
Tennessee Bristol N 36°35.148 W 082°10.890 10/8/03 27 DMflyer
Texas Austin N 30°16.607 W 097°46.294 11/17/03 31 Team GeoDillo
Virginia Newport News N 37°01.189 W 076°27.212 11/29/03 33 cacheKidds
Washington Yakima N 46°36.111 W 120°28.492 6/15/02 3 George501949
Washington D.C. "Hawaii" --- --- ??? - Unknown
West Virginia Welch N 37°25.095 W 081°35.397 11/6/04 39 cudlecub
Wisconsin Green Bay N 44°29.014 W 088°02.885 3/11/04 36 nolongerlost
Wyoming Cheyenne N 41°08.288 W 104°47.625 6/13/02 1 siff
As of 11/10/04 - ONLY 3 UNLOGGED MERCI CARS REMAIN!
Missouri - Utah - Vermont

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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:57:42 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:57 PM GMT)
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