Dupo, 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.
Dupo received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Dupo's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Dupo 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 Dupo is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The St. Louis Valley Railway was incorporated on March 25, 1901, to construct a railroad from a point in or near East St. Louis, Ill., to a point in or near Cairo, Ill. The main line through Dupo was built in 1903. The St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad, a forerunner of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, purchased the St. Louis Valley that same year. In 1910, the rail yard complex, including locomotive and rail car repair facilities, was open. Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific merged in 1982.