Minnesota's "Merci" Car at the The Minnesota Military Museum in Camp Ripley. In 1949, France sent 49 "forty-and-eights", railroad cars designed to carry either 40 men or 8 horses", to the United States laden with donations from citizens of France in thanks for the U.S.' role in the liberation of France in World War II.
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Website : www.state.mn.us
Capital : St. Paul
Highest point : Eagle Mountain, 2,301 feet
Area : 86,943 square miles, 12th largest
Population : 4,919,479 (2000 US Census)
Motto : L' Etoil du Nord (Star of the North)
Admitted to Union : May 11, 1858
State Song : "Hail Minnesota"
State Bird : Common Loon
State Flower : Lady's-slipper
State Tree : Norway Pine



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