Marshall, Texas, traces its railroad roots back to the 1870s, when the Texas and Pacific Railway began laying tracks. The population exploded and the area soon became one of the largest cotton markets in the south, attracting businesses like J. Weisman and Co., the first department store in Texas. In 1912 the Texas & Pacific Depot was built and has remained a focal point for the railroad in Marshall over the past 100 years.
Union Pacific is proud to celebrate its 150th Anniversary Oct. 20 in this historical railroad town, and we wish a happy birthday to the Marshall Depot who will jointly be celebrating its centennial that afternoon.
Visitors will get a close-up view of Steam Locomotive No. 844, the last steam engine built for the railroad. Also on display will be the Promontory, a 1962-vintage baggage car transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling exhibit. Visitors will be able to interact with history via a 65-inch video touch screen highlighting many of the communities the car will visit in 2012.
Union Pacific's mini-train, considered its most popular Goodwill Ambassador, also will be providing free rides, and visitors can take advantage of free giveaways, such as fans and coloring books.
Come join us Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 903 Lake Street, Marshall, Texas. Directions: From Grand Avenue proceed north on N. Bolivar St. Turn right at Main Street and follow Union Pacific event signs to designated parking. Free shuttle service also is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the T&P Depot, 800 North Washington St., Marshall, TX.