Magnolia, Texas, Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Spring, Texas, February 25, 2013
Magnolia, 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 Todd Kana. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's 150th anniversary celebration in 2012.
"We are proud to recognize Magnolia as we celebrate our growing up together," said Juan Manuel Carreon, Union Pacific assistant vice president – Public Affairs. "Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west. Our shared heritage with Magnolia is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day."
The International and Great Northern Railroad began construction through the area, then known as Mink Prairie, in 1909 and issued warranty deeds for the construction of a depot in 1902. It remained an independent unit of the Missouri Pacific Railroad until 1956. On January 1, 1997, Missouri Pacific Railroad merged into Union Pacific Railroad, which still operates in Magnolia today.
The historic Magnolia depot was preserved by the Magnolia Historical Society, which was established by Patsy Williams and Celeste Gayle Graves, the daughter and granddaughter of former depot agents. It expanded into a complex that houses the Magnolia Depot Museum, the first doctor's office, a barbershop, a greater Houston Blacksmith Association facility, an early post office, an antique sawmill and a red caboose. The Magnolia depot was recognized with the Texas Historical Commission's official historical medallion in 1999 and continues to serve as a centerpiece for community gatherings today.
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