Merci Train - South Dakota

South Dakota Merci Boxcar.

Location:
Dakotaland Museum, State Fairgrounds
1616 1st Street
Huron, SD 57350

Contact:
Contact for SD State Historical Society Museum:
Dan Brosz, Curator of Collections - South Dakota State Historical Society
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-6013 / FAX: (605) 773-6041 - E-mail

Contact for Boxcar information:
Ken Oestreich - (605) 852-2688 - E-mail


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Photos below taken by Daniel Liedtke
Operations Manager/ Curator of Collections
National Railroad Museum
2285 South Broadway
Green Bay, Wisconsin

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South Dakota Boxcar South Dakota Boxcar


South Dakota state flag.

The photo to the right is actually a model of one of the 40 & 8's that was the property of Charlie Horine, a WW1 veteran; it is currently owned by his daughter, Mary Jane Thompson, of Huron, SD. She is also the owner of the toy dog and children's book in the picture below. The toy dog and the book were purchased at an auction of some of the S.D. Merci Train artifacts, circa 1949. The proceeds of the auction was used to help purchase a whirlpool bath for polio patients.

Thompson artifacts.

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Book Cover- Babar Et Ce Coquin D Arthur

Photo above taken by Patricia Connors
Currently stored in the archives at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, GA.
Thanks to Daniel Pete for scanning the photo and sending it to us.



Artifacts:
Approximately 2 dozen items, some pictured below, located at the SDHS museum.

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Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD. Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD.
Heather Bigeck, Curator of Collections Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD.
Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD. Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD. Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD. Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD.
Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD. Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD. Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD. Merci artifacts at the SDHS museum in Pierre, SD.

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