Belvidere, Neb., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

Omaha, Neb., January 25, 2013

Belvidere, Neb., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of Union Pacific's ongoing efforts to highlight cities with a historical connection to the railroad. The city received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young in a special presentation to Mayor Linda Hudson at the Belvidere Community Center. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's 150th anniversary celebration in 2012. 

"We are proud to recognize Belvidere as we celebrate our growing up together," said Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Nebraska and Iowa. "Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west. Our shared heritage with Belvidere is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day."

Union Pacific Railroad played an important role in the settlement of Belvidere. The main line through town was constructed by the St. Joseph & Denver City Railroad Company in 1872.  The St. Joseph & Denver City entered receivership in June 1875 and was reorganized in September 1876 as the Kansas and Nebraska Railway.

In April 1877, the Kansas and Nebraska Railway, along with another railroad, the St. Joseph and Pacific Railroad consolidated to make the St. Joseph & Western Railroad. Union Pacific gained control of the St. Joseph & Western in 1880, though operated it as a separate company.   The line through Belvidere went through several more company names, though the line always was majority-owned or owned by UP. On January 1, 1936, the line took the Union Pacific Railroad name.

A second main line was constructed through town in 1999.

Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities in 23 states west of Illinois, covering 32,000 miles.

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