Kirby, Texas, Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Spring, Texas, February 28, 2013 Kirby, 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 Tim Wilson during a city council meeting on February 28. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's 150th anniversary celebration in 2012.
"We are proud to recognize Kirby as we celebrate our growing up together," said Ivan Jaime, Union Pacific director – Border Policy and Community Affairs. "Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west. Our shared heritage with Kirby is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day."
Kirby is a town the railroad built. Located eight miles northeast of San Antonio, Kirby became a stop on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Rail line (GHSA) in 1877. The GHSA is the oldest component of Southern Pacific Railroad, and Kirby received its name from Southern Pacific's Kirby Yard. Railroad ties were brought from South Carolina to Texas where they were stored at Kirby Yard and used for infrastructure improvements along the Southern Pacific rail line. Union Pacific acquired Southern Pacific in 1997.
Kirby remained a small town until the 1950s when it was incorporated as a suburb of San Antonio. Since 1965, Kirby's population has increased more than ten times its original size.
Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities in 23 states west of Illinois, covering 32,000 miles.
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