Denison, Texas, has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Denison will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Denison's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at UP150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Denison as we commemorate our railroad's sesquicentennial celebration and growing up together," said Clint Schelbitzki, 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, our children grow up together and in which we recruit employees.
"Our shared heritage with Denison is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (M-K-T) established Denison as a railhead just south of the Red River in the winter of 1872. Within days, 3,000 people moved into the new town known as Katy's Baby. Denison eventually became one of the busiest transportation centers in Texas because it connected the country in all directions – north, south, east and west. The M-K-T merged with Union Pacific Railroad in 1988. Union Pacific maintains rail service in Denison and partners with the city on many projects.