Marysville, Kan., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Marysville received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Marysville's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Marysville as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Ben Jones, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Kansas and Missouri. "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 Marysville is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
On November 11, 1854, the first civilian United States post office in the Kansas Territory was named Marysville, after Frank Marshall's wife Mary. Fifty seven years later, in 1911, with the completion of the long awaited Topeka cutoff, Marysville's railroad dreams began to come true.
The first freight passed through town from Kansas City headed to the West Coast. In April 1917, following successful negotiations between the city and Union Pacific Railroad, Marysville was named a division point and on July 1, 1918, became the Central Division's headquarters. Marysville remained the Central Division Headquarters until January 1933 when the headquarters was shifted to Kansas City.
Many "special" trains have rolled through Marysville. In 1912, engine No.1729 pulled Buffalo Bill's Wild West show into town. Two U. S. Presidents have come through Marysville by train, President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 and President Franklin Roosevelt in 1943. John Phillip Sousa's band passed through town in 1928.