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Grand Junction, Colo., Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

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

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

"We are proud to recognize Grand Junction as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Bob Turner, Union Pacific senior vice president - Corporate Relations. "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 Grand Junction is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."

The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) completed the rail line through Grand Junction in 1882.  The D&RGW purchased the Southern Pacific (SP) in 1988 and operated under the Southern Pacific name. Union Pacific merged with the SP in 1996.