Pendleton, 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.
"We are proud to recognize Pendleton 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 Pendleton is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
Railroads have been part of the Pendleton community since the 1870s. And today, Union Pacific's operations in Pendleton are an integral part of the railroad's 32,000-mile operation. With 1,600 employees in the state serving numerous Oregon-based customers, Union Pacific's work in Pendleton helps connect eastern Oregon to the national economy and beyond through the efficient movement of goods in and around the state.