Following the liberation of France in World War II, the United States continued to support its oldest ally economically and through gifts by ordinary citizens. In the Winter of 1947-48, a special relief train was organized to support famine stricken Europe. Nevadans sent two fully loaded box cars as part of this effort. In response, French citizens organized a private gratitude train full of gifts to the American people in thanks for their liberation and continued support. Nevada’s car arrived in Carson City on February 23, 1949. The Merci Car will be on display in Boulder City until 2022.