Railroad Redux

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Back in January, I blogged about McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. I was mostly interested in the vintage railroad cars there but this park has several other points of interest and recently, I stopped there again on my way home from work.

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The beautifully carved and meticulously restored Scottsdale Charro Carousel was purchased by the Scottsdale Railroad and Mechanical Society with significant participation by the Scottsdale Charros, a local service group. “Completed in 1950, it is registered with the National Carousel Association for the preservation of antique carousels. With 30 horses and 2 wheelchair chariots, it is a child’s delight!”

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The horses look a little anguished to me. Must be the heat…that’s how I feel.

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The Merci Train (the other side of the box car is in French) was a train of 49 French railroad box cars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from at least that many individual French citizens. They were showing their appreciation for the more than 700 American box cars of relief goods sent to them by (primarily) 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 box cars. The 49th box car was shared by Washington D.C. and the Territory of Hawaii. Parades and ceremonies of welcome were conducted in the state capitols and major cities of almost all the states.

So, this is where Arizona’s box car is. Have you seen any others?

I wish they didn’t have to have these iron gates around half the stuff in this park but I guess that’s the only way to protect it. Kinda makes it hard to take photos.

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4 thoughts on “Railroad Redux

  1. Pretty cool place! I love that carousel! I looked up the car for Montana. It has been restored and is now at the museum at the Army facility, Fort Harrison, in Helena. I’ve been there several times, taking someone to the veteran’s hospital, but never to the museum.

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  2. A fine series. That carousel alone would make an excellent post…but you added much more. The mercy train was a very interesting account.

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  3. That bike is just amazing. Funny how they thought one had to be huge & one tiny.

    Looks like a wonderful & inspiring place.

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