Katy, Texas, Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Spring, Texas, February 27, 2013
Katy 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 Pro Tem Fabol Hughes at Katy's historic MKT depot. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's 150th anniversary celebration in 2012.
"We are proud to recognize Katy 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 Katy is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day."
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT), or the Katy Railroad as it was commonly known, began laying track in an area known as Cane Island in 1893. Later that year, Katy was born when founder J.O. Thomas renamed the city after the railroad. A depot was built in 1898, and Katy quickly became the main hub for rail activity west of Houston.
Katy depot remained active until the 1960's and was eventually purchased by the city of Katy. Union Pacific acquired the MKT railroad in 1988. Today, the historic depot rests near its original location and serves as the Katy Visitors Center, and the town's local railroad history museum. The residents of Katy are proud of their town's historical link to Katy Railroad and their ongoing association with Union Pacific.
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