Hearne, Texas, has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration. Mayor Ruben Gomez received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young.
"We are proud to recognize Hearne as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Clint Schelbitzki, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Central Texas. "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 Hearne is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
Known as the Crossroads of Texas, Hearne is located at the intersection of Union Pacific's major north/south and east/west rail lines through Central Texas. Hearne was founded in 1871 and the first railroads to arrive were the Houston and Texas Central Railway and International -Great Northern Railroad. Hearn's railroads were purchased by the Southern Pacific and Missouri Pacific Railroads several years later. Union Pacific acquired the Southern Pacific and Missouri Pacific in 1996 and 1982 respectively.