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

Omaha, Neb., March 08, 2013

Cozad, 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 during the City Council meeting on Mon., March 4. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's 150th anniversary celebration in 2012. 

"We are proud to recognize Cozad 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 Cozad is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day."

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln challenged the railroad to be built to a specific spot on the Nebraska map.  President Lincoln was pointing at the 100th Meridian, the current location of Cozad.

On October 5, 1866, the railroad reached the 100th Meridian.  It was determined that there should be appropriate ceremonies on October 26, 1866.  The Great Excursion from Wall Street to the 100th Meridian brought 250 notables:  railroad and territorial officials, congressman, financiers and newspaper men, including such dignitaries as Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln; Rutherford B. Hayes, future President of the United States; and George M. Pullman, inventor of the Pullman car.  It was the first passenger train to roll in Nebraska Territory and included the car which the year before had borne President Lincoln's body from Washington to Springfield, Ill.

In 1872, John J. Cozad was traveling through the Platte River Valley on the railroad, and saw the 100th Meridian sign.  He was impressed, and purchased land in this area.  He returned to Ohio, organized an excursion and brought a company of people to what is now Cozad, Neb.

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

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