Wamsutter, Wyo., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Omaha, Neb., May 07, 2014
Wamsutter, Wyo., 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 Jack Koraleski in a special presentation next to steam locomotive No. 4014 during its move across Wyoming. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's 150th anniversary celebration in 2012.
"We are proud to recognize Wamsutter as we celebrate our growing up together," said Sara Thompson Cassidy, Union Pacific's director, Public Affairs for Wyoming and Colorado. "Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west. Our shared heritage with Wamsutter is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day."
The rail line in Wamsutter was built by Union Pacific Railroad in 1868.
Wamsutter started as a "tent-city" for the railroad workers, but gradually businesses and small homes were built. Families began moving to the area and two stores sprang up with Ferguson Mercantile opening in Wamsutter in 1907. The second main line track was built in 1909 and Wamsutter was incorporated in May 1914. By this time, many people traveled by train.
The sheep industry grew in Wamsutter as the result of the railroad, and at one time, there were nearly 40 sheep companies near Wamsutter that shipped wool by rail. Also, sheep, along with cattle, were held in stockyards until they were ready to be shipped to market by train.
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