Hermiston, Ore., 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 to the city council.
"We are proud to recognize Hermiston as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Brock Nelson, 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 Hermiston is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
Since the 1860's Hermiston has been connected to the railroad industry. Today, Union Pacific plays a crucial role in both the regional Hermiston and broader state economies. Hermiston is home to a major rail terminal and diesel shop that work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep the American economy moving. With more than 1,000 miles of track and 1,600 employees in the state of Oregon, Union Pacific leverages its Hermiston rail hub to provide excellent service to its customers.