Alpine, Texas, Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Spring, Texas, September 25, 2012 Alpine, Texas has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Alpine will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and the Alpine historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Alpine as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Ivan Jaime, Union Pacific director – Border Policy and Community Affairs. "The bond between our railroad and early settlements continues to strengthen and grow. Today, Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities where we live, our children grow up together and in which we recruit employees.
"Our shared heritage with Alpine is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The water springs and grasslands attracted many settlers and hunters traveling the southern trails. In 1883, the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio rail line connected with the Southern Pacific rail line, allowing the first passenger train to roll through Alpine on its journey from New Orleans to California. The Alpine station serviced steam locomotives due to the city's water supply.
In the early 1900s, Dr. Benjamin F. Berkeley moved to Alpine and became a local surgeon for Southern Pacific. Berkeley often rode the train to visit patients between Del Rio to El Paso, Texas. He formed the Alpine Commercial Club, present-day the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, and was the first mayor, bank president and state senator.
Today, Alpine is a crew change location for Union Pacific with nearly 12 trains passing through a day. It serves as a major commodity for the automobile, consumer and industrial industry.
About Union Pacific
It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, today Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.
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