North Mankato, Minn., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
North Mankato received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and North Mankato's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
"We are proud to recognize North Mankato as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Wes Lujan, Union Pacific assistant vice president - Government Affairs for Minnesota. "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 North Mankato is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
In 1869, the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad completed construction of the track through Mankato. In 1880, the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad was consolidated with several other railroads to form the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway. This railroad was controlled by Chicago & North Western after 1882 and was operated as a part of C&NW system. The corporation lasted until 1957, and its official identity was maintained until 1972 when it was absorbed into the C&NW. Union Pacific merged with the C&NW in 1995.