Wagoner, Okla., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry
Wagoner, Okla., May 28, 2013
Wagoner, Okla., 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 aboard Union Pacific's heritage train, which consists of rare passenger rail cars. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's 150th anniversary celebration in 2012.
"We are proud to recognize Wagoner as we celebrate our growing up together," said Clint Schelbitzki, Union Pacific director – Public Affairs. "Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west. Our shared heritage with Wagoner is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day."
Wagoner was established when a Katy Railroad roadmaster sent the telegraph, "Wagoner's switch is ready," after Henry "Bigfoot" Wagoner saw the need to build a railroad switch between Gibson Station and Flat Rock Creek. In 1877, the town's first permanent residents built a hotel and restaurant at the crossroads of the Katy Railroad and the Missouri Pacific Railroad (MoPac). Cattlemen, hay dealers, and business and professional men flocked to the new railroad town making Wagoner's switch a successful addition to the railroad industry. Wagoner remains at the crossroads of the Katy and MoPac lines and both are operated by Union Pacific today.
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