Elko, Nev., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration. The city received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young today in a special presentation during a stop by the UP 150 Express in Elko.
"We are proud to recognize Elko as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Liisa Stark, Union Pacific Director - 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, where our children grow up together and where we recruit our employees.
"Our shared heritage with Elko is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
Elko was born as the Transcontinental Railroad was built east from Sacramento. Since that time, the railroad has been a critical part of the region. Today mining, agriculture and other industries in the Elko area are served by Union Pacific. The railroad in Nevada plays a major role in the state economy as well and has invested heavily in recent years to upgrade track infrastructure with a focus on safe and efficient railroad operations.