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Mankato, Minn., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

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Union Pacific's 150th Anniversary

Omaha, Neb., October 29, 2012 – Mankato, Minn., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

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

"We are proud to recognize Mankato as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Wes Lujan, Union Pacific assistant vice president - Government Affairs for Minnesota.   "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 Mankato is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."

In 1869, the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad completed construction of the track through Mankato.  In 1880, the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad was consolidated with several other railroads to form the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway. This railroad was controlled by Chicago & North Western after 1882 and was operated as a part of C&NW system.  The corporation lasted until 1957, and its official identity was maintained until 1972 when it was absorbed into the C&NW. Union Pacific merged with the C&NW in 1995.

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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