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Benson, Ariz., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

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    (L to R): Benson Mayor Toney King; Dave Lambert, City Council Member; Scott Moore, Union Pacific VP - Public Affairs, Western Region; and Zoe Richmond, director - Public Affairs, Arizona/New Mexico.

Union Pacific's 150th Anniversary

Roseville, Calif., April 13, 2012 – Benson, Ariz., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration. City officials in Benson received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young today, making Benson an official part of Union Pacific's 150th anniversary celebration across its 23-state network.

"The rich railroad history in Benson makes this community a natural fit for our Train Town USA Registry," said Zoe Richmond, Union Pacific director - public affairs for Arizona. "Union Pacific has been part of the country's fabric for 150 years and since 1880, Benson has been a part of the railroad tradition in America."

The city of Benson was founded in 1880 as the Southern Pacific Railroad built its track eastward from California. Southern Pacific officials chose this area, now part of Benson, as the best location to cross the San Pedro River. At the time of its founding, rail lines transported copper and silver from neighboring mining communities, and Benson quickly matured into a bustling railroad town. The Benson community today is a diverse community beloved by generations of families that have lived and worked in the area, and it continues to be a community connected to the railroad, with strong ties to Union Pacific. 
About Union Pacific

It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, 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, Energy, 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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