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Evanston, Wyo., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

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

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

"We are proud to recognize Evanston as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Joe Bateman, Union Pacific vice president - Public Affairs Northern Region. "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 Evanston is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."

Train service began through Evanston with the completion of the rail line in 1868 by the Union Pacific Railroad. A second main line was built by Union Pacific in 1921.

Evanston's roundhouse and rail yard was built in 1912-1914 by Union Pacific, and the 27-acre complex was used to primarily service and repair rail cars and engines. The semicircular roundhouse is one of a very few completely intact and still-standing structures of its kind, and the only one left on the Union Pacific line between Omaha and Sacramento. Its curved walls are 80 feet high. It has a total of 28 train stalls accessible by turntable, which is still operational. At its peak, and for many years, the facility employed more than 300 workers, making it a major hub of employment in the community.