Benson, Ariz., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration. City officials in Benson received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young today, making Benson an official part of Union Pacific's 150th anniversary celebration across its 23-state network.
"The rich railroad history in Benson makes this community a natural fit for our Train Town USA Registry," said Zoe Richmond, Union Pacific director - public affairs for Arizona. "Union Pacific has been part of the country's fabric for 150 years and since 1880, Benson has been a part of the railroad tradition in America."
The city of Benson was founded in 1880 as the Southern Pacific Railroad built its track eastward from California. Southern Pacific officials chose this area, now part of Benson, as the best location to cross the San Pedro River. At the time of its founding, rail lines transported copper and silver from neighboring mining communities, and Benson quickly matured into a bustling railroad town. The Benson community today is a diverse community beloved by generations of families that have lived and worked in the area, and it continues to be a community connected to the railroad, with strong ties to Union Pacific.