Natchitoches, La., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Spring, Texas, February 25, 2013 Natchitoches, La., 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 Lee Posey in downtown Natchitoches. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's 150th anniversary celebration in 2012.
"We are proud to recognize Natchitoches as we celebrate our growing up together," said Drew Tessier, Union Pacific director – Public Affairs. "Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west. Our shared heritage with Natchitoches is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day."
The construction of the Texas & Pacific Railway Depot brought rail access to Natchitoches in 1927. The depot's unique architectural design features a strong Spanish appearance that includes sections that resemble Christopher Columbus' master cabin in the Santa Maria. The building's architect, F.G. Shaw, modeled chandeliers after the hilt of the sword worn by St. Denis, the founder of Natchitoches. While the depot closed when passenger service ended, efforts are being made to restore it into a museum of African American history.
Texas & Pacific Railway was acquired by the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which merged with Union Pacific in 1982. Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities in 23 states west of Illinois, covering 32,000 miles.
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