Union Pacific Railroad Celebrates 150th Anniversary in Salt Lake City
Union Pacific To Offer Free Community Event at the Historic Union Pacific Depot Following Days of ‘47 KSL 5 Parade
Salt Lake City, July 19, 2012 Union Pacific Railroad will join the Salt Lake City community to celebrate its 150th anniversary with a special event on July 24 in the 'beehive state' at the historic Union Pacific Depot in downtown Salt Lake City. Immediately following the Days of '47 KSL 5 Parade, Union Pacific will kick off its event at 12:30 p.m. with a special presentation to Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, recognizing Salt Lake City as an official member of Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry.
"Utah and its capital of Salt Lake City have each played a key role in the history of railroads in this country," said Robert W. Turner, Union Pacific senior vice president - Corporate Relations. "We honor Union Pacific's special connection to the state as we join Salt Lake City residents in anticipation of a future filled with economic opportunity in Utah."
Union Pacific's 150th anniversary community celebration will give Salt Lake City-area residents an inside look at the past, present and future of Union Pacific Railroad. Community members of all ages will be able to board Union Pacific's miniature train, UP 956, for a ride directly behind the Union Pacific depot through The Gateway or tour a historic photography exhibition in the Grand Hall of the depot that will walk viewers through Utah's storied Union Pacific history in the state all while living history entertainers recreate moments from railroad history. Visitors will also be able to try their hand operating one of Union Pacific's modern locomotive simulators that recreates the look, sound and feel of the controls of a modern Union Pacific freight locomotive and much more.
About Union Pacific
One of America's iconic companies, Union Pacific celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2012. Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. Today, Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.
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