Glen Ellyn, Ill., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Glen Ellyn received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Glen Ellyn's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Glen Ellyn as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Wes Lujan, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Illinois. "Union Pacific has been part of the country's fabric throughout the railroad's 150-year history. That bond between us and the nearly 7,300 communities we serve continues to strengthen.
"Our shared heritage with Glen Ellyn is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
"Glen Ellyn was started - twice actually - by the railroads," said Village President Mark Pfefferman. "We are excited to be awarded membership in Union Pacific's esteemed Train Town USA Registry. We thank Union Pacific for this honor and salute the UP on its 150th anniversary. We look forward to a long and lasting partnership."
The Village of Glen Ellyn was incorporated in 1834. Before the railroad was built, the first Glen Ellyn settlement began in what is now northern Glen Ellyn, at the corner of Main Street and Geneva Road. The Galena and Chicago Union Railroad built a rail line through Glen Ellyn in 1849 and the center of the Village was diverted to Main Street and Crescent Boulevard, which still is the location of the current Glen Ellyn train station. A second main line through the Village was constructed in 1857. The Chicago & North Western Railway constructed a third main line track in 1923-24. Union Pacific merged with the C&NW in 1995.