Navasota, Texas has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Navasota will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Navasota's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Navasota as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Joe Adams, Union Pacific vice president - Public Affairs. "The bond between our railroad and early settlements continues to strengthen and grow. Today, Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities where we live, our children grow up together and in which we recruit employees.
"Our shared heritage with Navasota is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The railroad was essential to the birth of Navasota, which brought in major trade and market centers for cotton and livestock. Union Pacific laid 44 miles of track in 1902 to connect Navasota and Madisonville, Texas, and the town declared it a holiday when the first train departed to Madisonville. The line runs through historic downtown on Railroad Street and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Today, Union Pacific works with the City of Navasota to create and maintain a landscaped area along Railroad Street, which brings heavy tourism, economic development and future infrastructure projects to the area.