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President Lincoln visits Laredo aboard Union Pacific train

From The Laredo Sun, Feb. 8, 2012:

The Union Pacific Railroad Company celebrated their 150 years of existence with a very unique celebration which included Abraham Lincoln commemorating the historic signing of the law that allowed the company set up in 1862.

At the ceremony on Tuesday, the professional actor Bob Gleason, a native of Philadelphia, portrayed the historical leader who in 1862 signed the articles of Union Pacific, recognizing the efforts of 20,000 men to build roads for the first transcontinental railroad.

Lincoln arrived aboard a machine of the railway company and was greeted by a number of guests, including Mayor Raul Salinas and the County Manager LeRoy Medford.

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From left, Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas; actor Bob Gleason as President Lincoln; Ivan Jaime, UP director of Border and Community Affairs, and Jose Palacios, Jr., President of the Washington's Birthday Celebration Association of Laredo. The crowd enjoys President Lincoln's arrival aboard a UP locomotive. "President Lincoln" surveys the crowd. From left, Ivan Jaime, UP director of Border and Community Affairs; Jose Palacios, Jr., President of the Washington's Birthday Celebration Association; actor Bob Gleason as President Lincoln, Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas and County Manager LeRoy Medford.

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