Ennis, Texas, Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Spring, Texas, February 25, 2013 Ennis, Texas, has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of Union Pacific's ongoing efforts to highlight cities with a historical connection to the railroad. The city received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young in a special presentation to Mayor Russell Thomas at a recent Ennis Chamber of Commerce meeting. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's 150th anniversary celebration in 2012.
"We are proud to recognize Ennis as we celebrate our growing up together," said Clint Schelbitzki, Union Pacific director – Public Affairs. "Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west. Our shared heritage with Ennis is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day."
The northern terminus of the railroad arrived in Ellis County in 1871, giving birth to the City of Ennis a year later. Ennis was named after Cornelius Ennis, an early official of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC). H&TC moved its division headquarters to Ennis and played a vital role in the development of the area's agriculture, commercial and industrial commerce. Ellis County became known as the place "where railroads and cotton fields meet" because of the reliable transportation provided by the railroads.
In 1934, H&TC was acquired by Southern Pacific Railroad, which closed the Ennis division headquarters in 1965. Union Pacific Railroad acquired Southern Pacific in 1996 and continues providing rail service in Ellis County. Many Ennis residents have worked for the railroad through the years, including current Union Pacific employees who are fourth and fifth generation railroaders. The rich railroad history shared by Ennis and Union Pacific continues to be a vital part of the community and the area's economy.
Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities in 23 states west of Illinois, covering 32,000 miles.
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