Warrensburg, Mo., has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Warrensburg received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Warrensburg's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Warrensburg as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Ben Jones, Union Pacific director - Public Affairs for Missouri and Kansas. "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 Warrensburg is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
Organized in 1836, Warrensburg settlers came from Tennessee and Kentucky, including the town's namesake, Martin Warren. By the middle 1800s, prominent businessmen Colonel B.W. Grover and Major N.B. Holden, against all odds, decided they wanted to bring a railroad branch through Warrensburg and were successful. Colonel Grover, also a Missouri State Senator, played a significant role when in 1849, the Pacific Railroad was granted a charter for a rail line to run between St. Louis, "…from any point on the main line of the Pacific Railroad east of the Osage River to any point on the western boundary of Missouri south of the Osage River (Missouri Legislature Act passed and approved Christmas Day, 1852)."
The Pacific Railroad line was completed from Sedalia to Warrensburg on July 4, 1864. The Missouri Pacific Railway was created in 1876 by the investors who purchased the Pacific Railroad. The Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific merged in 1982.