In 1869, the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad completed construction of the track through Mankato. In 1880, the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad was consolidated with several other railroads to form the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway. This railroad was ccontrolled by Chicago & North Western after 1882 and was operated as a part of C&NW system. The corporation lasted until 1957, and its official identity was maintained until 1972 when it was absorbed into the C&NW. Union Pacific merged with the C&NW in 1995.
Left to right: Sean McGovern (UP), Patrick Hentges - Mankato Village Manager; Robert Miller (UP), John Reiger (UP), Thomas Burnside (UP), Wes Lujan - UP director-Public Affairs; North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen; and Jenny Hamlin (UP)