Alton, Ill., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Alton will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young, and Alton's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Alton as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Adrian Guerrero, 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 Alton is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The rail line through Alton was built in 1881 by the St. Louis, Joliet and Chicago Railroad. A track used to serve industries in the Alton area was built by the Chicago, Alton and St. Louis Railroad in 1856. These lines became part of Union Pacific Railroad following the merger with Southern Pacific in 1996.