Jefferson City, 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.
Jefferson City received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Jefferson City's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at 150.com.
"We are proud to recognize Jefferson City 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 Jefferson City is a source of pride as we remember our past while serving and connecting our nation for years to come."
The main line was built to Jefferson City by the Pacific Railroad in 1856. The Pacific Railroad was forced to reorganize because of financial difficulties in 1872, and when it emerged from receivership it had a new name: the Missouri Pacific Railway Co. In March, 1917, a merger of the Missouri Pacific Railway and the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern (Iron Mountain) was completed and a new company was formed - the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific merged in 1982.