January 22, 2007
In 1947, a national effort was initiated in the United States to collect much-needed supplies for postwar Europe. The participation of Arkansas resulted in the donation of three and a half boxcars of rice, half of a boxcar of wheat, and one boxcar of canned goods. Seen here is one of the Arkansas cars. When completed in 1948, the “American Friendship Train” contained 700 boxcars of supplies. It was estimated that the train contained approximately $40 million worth of supplies.