Smithville, Texas, Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

Historical connection to Union Pacific featured at as part of railroad’s 150th anniversary celebration

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Union Pacific's 150th Anniversary

Spring, Texas, October 09, 2012 – Smithville, Texas, has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

Smithville will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Smithville's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at

"We are proud to recognize Smithville as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Ivan Jaime, director of border policy and community affairs. "The bond between our railroad and early settlements continues to strengthen and grow. Today, Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities where we live, our children grow up together and in which we recruit employees.

"Our shared heritage with Smithville is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."

The Bastrop, Taylor & Houston Railway arrived two miles west of Smithville in 1887. The company merged with the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad, known as the Katy, in 1891. The railroad extended its lines to Lockhart and Houston in 1892 and 1893 respectively, strengthening an already vibrant economy in Smithville. Smithville's population doubled after the Katy established central shops in 1894 and the town was officially incorporated the following year. Union Pacific acquired the Katy in 1988 and continues to maintain a substantial presence in Smithville today.

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, 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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