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The North Dakota boxcar arrived in Bismarck at 9:00 a.m. on February 15, 1949. The boxcar was welcomed by members of the veterans group known as the 40 ET 8, and by state and local officials.

The boxcar and its contents were officially given to the State Historical Society by the 40 ET 8 organization. Some of the gifts were given to other organizations; the Crippled Children’s School, in Jamestown, received most of the toys, and the University of North Dakota library accepted many of the books.

North Dakota is one of 43 states that still has its boxcar, but one of the few states that retained most of the contents of the boxcar and has a permanent collection of the Gratitude Train gifts.

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