The railroad began surveying possible rights of way through what was only a settlement back in 1881. Then, in 1882, shortly after Grand Junction incorporated, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) completed the rail line through Grand Junction in 1882.
The D&RGW purchased the Southern Pacific (SP) in 1988 and operated under the Southern Pacific name. Union Pacific merged with the SP in 1996.
Second from left: Bob Turner, Union Pacific SVP-Corporate Relations; and Grand Junction City Council members Sam Susuras and Teresa Coons; Ray Beck, CLUB 20 Membership Chair, Craig City Council member; Michael Bernstein - UP Sr. MTO; and Paul Brown, Mesa County
Even now, the Union Pacific continues to play a key role in our regional significance as well a community transportation partner.