Merci Train - Oregon

Oregon Boxcar

Oregon Merci Boxcar at its new location in N. Bend, OR shown on the day of its dedication, July 15, 2006. Since then, as seen in John Steven's July 2010 photos below, the openings in the wood framework have had glass or plexiglass put in them on all four sides, thus providing further protection from the elements.
P.S. We appreciate your suffering getting rained on to make these pictures for us John.

Oregon Flag

Simpson Park
N. Bend, OR

Mr. Kevin Owens E-mail
Commander American legion District 9
N. Bend, OR 97459

Each of the organizations listed below have some gifts in their possession, but very few of them are on display. Viewing is available by appointment only.

Coos History Museum
1210 N. Front St `
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Marcia M. Hart- Executive Director E-mail

Benton County Historical Society and Museum
1101 Main St
Philomath, OR 97330
Mary Gallagher - Collections Manager E-mail
541-929-6230 Ext-304

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill Street SE Suite 200
Salem, OR 973301
Kylie Pine-Curator & Collections Manager E-mail
503-595-7012 Ext-257

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Oregon Boxcar
Boxcar at its former location at Old Fort Stevens Historical Park
in Hammond, OR.

Since 1951, the Benton County Historical Society has been preserving historical artifacts, photographs, and manuscripts. The society is located in the 1867 Philomath College building which is on the National Register of Historic Places, The Society opened the building to the public in 1980 as a history museum, research library and art gallery. The Merci Train boxcar artifacts came to the BCHS as a part of the Horner Collection, which was transferred from Oregon State University after the University's Horner Museum was closed due to budget reductions.

All pictures below courtesy of John Irving

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Note from Lise Grillot Two wheeled dog cart Eisenhower HQ
Haystacks in field by E.D. Marzo Cranes in flight Gratitude postcard back
Association of Blind medallion Star shaped tatting Soldiers Top American Revolution Bottom defender of the New Republic
Liberation dress from Lise Grillot Gratitude postcard front Liberation celebration Montcerf, France Aug. 27, 1944

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