Elmhurst, Ill., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Elmhurst received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Elmhurst's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
Train service began through Elmhurst with the completion of the rail line in 1849 by the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad. A second main line was built by the Galena and Chicago Union in 1857. The third main line track through Elmhurst was built in 1923-24 by the Chicago & North Western Railway. Union Pacific merged with the C&NW 1995.