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2012

UP Celebrates 150 Years

Nearly 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln established Union Pacific Railroad and set the wheels in motion to connect the nation. UP’s Sesquicentennial celebration not only honors that day in 1862 when Lincoln’s pen met paper, but also the decades that followed, chronicling how the railroad’s history parallels that of the American experience. From settling the West, to the patriotism of World Wars, to the progression of technology — and, above all, the growth of communities whose stories are tied to our own — our past reminds us of the enormous responsibility we have for our nation’s future.

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In 2012, Union Pacific celebrates the shared stories that have shaped our country since 1862. To mark our 150th anniversary, we invite you to explore how the nation’s largest railroad came to be and how UP continues to build America with innovation and tenacity, touching the lives of nearly every citizen.