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November 25, 1884

UP Connects to the Pacific Northwest

The Oregon Steam Navigation Co. owned the first portage railroads to carry freight and passengers around rapids and falls on the Columbia River. After purchase by the OR&N in 1879, it became part of OR&N's rail network in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The Oregon Short Line and the OR&N met at Huntington, Ore., on November 25, 1884, completing the shortest rail route from Wyoming to Portland.

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By now, the North American rail system was operating in sync: Railroads in the United States and Canada instituted standard time zones on November 18, 1883.

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.