Colfax, Calif., 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 No. 844 as the UP 150 Express heads home after a tour through the western states.
"We are proud to recognize Colfax 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 Colfax is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The railroad has been part of the Colfax community since the 1860s. As the transcontinental railroad was constructed, Colfax took its place as one of the thousands of communities that grew out of the bold endeavor to unite America. From its founding, Colfax was a crucial point in the creation of a railroad that would climb some of the most treacherous mountain terrain in North America. Today, Colfax remains an important part of Union Pacific's operations in the western states. The company uses its right of way in Colfax as a staging point for critical operational efforts that keep the American economy moving up and over the infamous Donner Summit.