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Ellis, Kan., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

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Union Pacific's 150th Anniversary

Omaha, Neb., October 17, 2012 – Ellis, Kan., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

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

"We are proud to recognize Ellis as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Ben Jones, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Kansas and Missouri. "Union Pacific has been part of the country's fabric throughout the railroad's 150-year history.  That bond between us and the nearly 7,300 communities we serve continues to strengthen.

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

The main line track through Ellis was constructed by the Union Pacific Railroad Eastern Division in 1868. That same year the railroad's name was changed to Kansas and Pacific. 

Beginning in 1875 and for the next five years, Ellis was a shipping point for cattle herds driven up from the south.

It remained the Kansas Pacific until it was consolidated with the Union Pacific in 1880 and took that name again.

In the late 1800s, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill Cody often were seen in town. John Henry, an UP train dispatcher in Ellis, invented the electric streetcar in 1882. Early Ellis residents Walter and Roy Cross developed the "Cross Process," a method of converting kerosene, natural gas, oil or fuel oil into gasoline that was used widely across the country. Walter P. Chrysler, who grew up in Ellis and learned about mechanical repair and machinery in the Ellis Union Pacific shop, used this knowledge to found the automotive giant, the Chrysler Corporation. Walt Disney, the late producer-animator and founder of the Walt Disney Studios, also had connections to Ellis. President Theodore Roosevelt made a "Whistlestop" in Ellis during his presidential campaign.

The local sports teams are known as the "Railroaders."

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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