Alpine, Texas has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Alpine will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and the Alpine historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Alpine as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Ivan Jaime, Union Pacific director – Border Policy and Community 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 Alpine is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The water springs and grasslands attracted many settlers and hunters traveling the southern trails. In 1883, the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio rail line connected with the Southern Pacific rail line, allowing the first passenger train to roll through Alpine on its journey from New Orleans to California. The Alpine station serviced steam locomotives due to the city's water supply.
In the early 1900s, Dr. Benjamin F. Berkeley moved to Alpine and became a local surgeon for Southern Pacific. Berkeley often rode the train to visit patients between Del Rio to El Paso, Texas. He formed the Alpine Commercial Club, present-day the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, and was the first mayor, bank president and state senator.
Today, Alpine is a crew change location for Union Pacific with nearly 12 trains passing through a day. It serves as a major commodity for the automobile, consumer and industrial industry.