Merci Train - Colorado
The Colorado Merci car has been missing for several years. It was reported to have been on display at Eagle, Colorado form 1949 until 1954, but we know nothing of it after that.
The Colorado State Museum reportedly has a small brass plate that was on the boxcar when it arrived from France.
We would welcome any further historical or current information about the boxcar and the hundreds of gifts it delivered to the state.
In August of 2010, we were excited to receive an email from Ms. Sara Williamson, an employee of the Woodruff Memorial Library in LaJunta, Colorado, saying the library had a collection of six dolls, and that she had been told by Sandy Messick, Director of Library Services, that she believed the collection was part of the gifts that came from France in the Colorado boxcar of the 1949 Merci Train. Ms. Williamson's father told Sara about our web site, and following her visit to the web site sent us the aforementioned email. Sara then mentioned to Ms. Messick of her contacting us and of our eagerness to know more about the collection. Needless to say, we were thrilled when Ms. Messick soon sent us an email offering photographs of the dolls, which photos taken by Gena Williams, are displayed below.
We are very grateful to all three of these named ladies for their willingness to help us bring you news of a few more of wonderful gifts from the (1949) grateful people of France. Ms. Messick has told us that the museum hopes to soon have a display case to house dolls so that visitors to the library will be able to see them. For further information as to directions to, and hours of operation of, the Library Contact:
Sandy Messick - Director of Library Services
Woodruff Memorial Library
522 Colorado Ave
La Junta, CO 81050
(719) 384-4612 - FAX (719) 383-2514
Photos by Gena McMillan
Used with permission from her and the City of La Junta, CO
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