Jefferson City, Mo., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Omaha, Neb., December 14, 2012 Jefferson City, Mo., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Jefferson City received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Jefferson City's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Jefferson City as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Ben Jones, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Missouri and Kansas. "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 Jefferson City is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The main line was built to Jefferson City by the Pacific Railroad in 1856. The Pacific Railroad was forced to reorganize because of financial difficulties in 1872, and when it emerged from receivership it had a new name: the Missouri Pacific Railway Co. In March, 1917, a merger of the Missouri Pacific Railway and the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern (Iron Mountain) was completed and a new company was formed - the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific merged in 1982.
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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