Sedalia, Mo., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Sedalia received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Sedalia's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Sedalia as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Ben Jones, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Missouri and Kansas. "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 Sedalia is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The main line through Sedalia was constructed in 1863 by the Pacific Railroad, forerunner of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. In 1866, the railroad built large stockyards, followed by a roundhouse and repair shop. The Missouri Pacific shops were constructed in 1904 on 120 acres given to the railroad by the city of Sedalia and were the largest such railroad repair facilities west of the Mississippi River. The Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific merged in 1982.