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Jefferson, Iowa Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

Jefferson, Iowa has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

Jefferson received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Jefferson's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at

"We are proud to recognize Jefferson as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Iowa and Nebraska.   "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 Jefferson is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."

The Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad completed a rail line through Jefferson in 1866.  A second main line track was completed through Jefferson in 1901 - 02 by the Chicago & North Western.  Union Pacific merged with the C&NW in 1995.