Winfield, Ill., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Winfield received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Winfield's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Winfield 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 Winfield is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
In 1849 the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad company completed construction of track as far as Winfield. A second main line was built through the community in 1857. The first DuPage County train station was built in 1859 in Winfield and was the first building in the Village. Today the Winfield station is the oldest remaining depot in the State of Illinois. The Chicago & North Western Railway constructed a third main line track in 1923-24. Union Pacific merged with the C&NW in 1995.