Union Pacific Celebrates "Battle Born" Nevada
Posted September 2, 2014 3:21 p.m. CDT
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval greets children of Battle Mountain, Nevada, after their traditional Basque dance. Battle Mountain was just one of the stops for the Battle Born Express.
Union Pacific was a fledgling railroad in 1864, the year Nevada became a state, but the connection between the railroad and the state is a strong one that not everyone knows.
The railroad was formed in 1862, the result of President Abraham Lincoln signing the Pacific Railway Act. Nevada, a territory short on population, and not yet having Congressional support, was rushed to statehood in 1864 so the state could throw its three electoral votes behind the re-election of that same president.
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