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Crystal Lake, Ill., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

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Union Pacific's 150th Anniversary

Omaha, Neb., December 18, 2012 – Crystal Lake, Ill., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

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

"We are proud to recognize Crystal Lake as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Adrian Guerrero, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Illinois.  "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 Crystal Lake is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."

Crystal Lake was established in 1840 after early settlers Beman and Polly Tuttle Crandall discovered fertile prairie and tall timber surrounding a sparkling clear lake 43 miles northwest of Chicago. As the Chicago, St. Paul & Fond du Lac Railroad built northwest from Chicago towards Janesville, Wis., it chose a route that passed Crystal Lake to the northeast. The town of Nunda was established nearby in 1854 along the rail line and it quickly became the commercial hub of McHenry County. The Fox River Valley Railroad, building north from Elgin along the Fox River to connect with other rail lines at the Wisconsin border, arrived at Nunda in 1855, bypassing Crystal Lake as well. A branch was built in 1856 from Nunda to Crystal Lake so that ice, cut from the pristine Crystal Lake, could be shipped to Chicago. The towns grew closer together and Crystal Lake was incorporated in 1914. The two rail lines came under ownership of the Chicago & North Western and Crystal Lake remained a hub of rail activity.

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, 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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