President Lincoln and Union Pacific Railroad: Building America Then and Now

Omaha, Neb., February 09, 2009 – When Abraham Lincoln is a founding father of your company, people expect great things from you. From building the nation's transcontinental railroad to delivering the goods Americans use every day, the men and women of Union Pacific continually work to exceed those expectations.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday. To celebrate in a manner befitting the 16th president's legacy and the railroad's impact on the United States, Union Pacific is supporting  "With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration" exhibition by the Library of Congress. Union Pacific also loaned Lincoln artifacts to the exhibition from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa. To further celebrate Lincoln, Union Pacific has launched a special Web site: www.upcelebrateslincoln.com.

Recognized as one of America's greatest presidents, Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act July 1, 1862, authorizing construction of the transcontinental railroad. Central Pacific, an existing California railroad, would start in Sacramento and build east, while Union Pacific would start in the middle of the country, at the Missouri River between Council Bluffs and Omaha, and build west. Though Lincoln did not live to see the driving of the Golden Spike in 1869, the transcontinental railroad was one of the greatest achievements of his presidency.

"Building the transcontinental railroad is widely considered one of the greatest achievements of the 19th century," said Bob Turner, Union Pacific senior vice president, corporate relations. "Linking the east to the west opened the door to the pioneers who transformed our nation. It helped change the culture of our country to make Americans across the continent feel like one people. Today, Union Pacific continues to connect and support America's families and businesses."

From produce, grain, beverages and livestock feed to lumber, coal, steel and automobiles, virtually everything Americans use every day probably spent some time on a train. Without the railroads, America would come to a stop.

"With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration" opens February 12 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  The Union Pacific Railroad Museum loaned the exhibition a rocking chair from Lincoln's office and a silk banner from his funeral procession. The exhibition also will include a vast array of Lincoln material including letters, photographs, political cartoons, period engravings, speeches and artifacts, the Lincoln family Bible, and the contents of Lincoln's pockets on the night he was assassinated.

The exhibition will be on display at the Library of Congress through May 9, after which it will travel to six U.S. cities: Sacramento, Calif., at the California Museum in spring/summer 2009; Chicago, at the Newberry Library in fall 2009; Indianapolis, at the Indiana State Museum in winter/spring 2010; Atlanta, at the Atlanta History Center in fall 2010; and Omaha, at the Durham Museum in winter/spring 2011.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific is proud to sponsor "With Malice Toward None" as part of our ongoing celebration of Abraham Lincoln, who set the Transcontinental Railroad in motion and brought our railroad to life. Learn more at upcelebrateslincoln.com.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

About the Library of Congress

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. It is home to the collections of 23 U.S. presidents and some of the most extensive collections of Lincolniana in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library's rich resources can be accessed through its Web site at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a new, personalized Web site at myLOC.gov.

For further information, contact Donna Kush at (402) 544-3753 or Tom Lange at (402) 544-3560.

 

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