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THE 1947 - 1949 FREEDOM TRAIN

THE TRAIN'S JOURNEY ACROSS AMERICA

The Freedom Train was all that Harry Truman and Tom Clark envisioned. Its great success was demonstrated in the media of the time, which featured both promotion and accounts of the train and its impact upon visitors.

Its 37,160 mile tour lasted from September 17, 1947 to January 22, 1949. It was the only trainset ever to operate in every state, and it did so using 52 different railroads. Over 3 million people (officially, 3,521,841) went aboard the Train during its display stops in 326 cities and towns across the land. At many sites, people waited in line more than six hours to go aboard. The highest single-day attendance was 14,615.

Text by Mr.Larry Wines.

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