Kilgore, Texas Awarded Membership in Union Pacifics Train Town USA Registry
OMAHA, Neb., May 2, 2013 Kilgore, Texas, has been awarded membership in Union Pacifics Train Town USA Registry as part of Union Pacifics ongoing efforts to highlight cities with a historical connection to the railroad. The city will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young at a special May 3 presentation at the historic Kilgore Railroad Station. Union Pacific launched its Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroads 150th Anniversary celebration in 2012.
We are proud to recognize Kilgore as we celebrate our growing up together, said Clint Schelbitzki, Union Pacific director public affairs. Union Pacific was founded to help connect the nation from east to west. Our shared heritage with Kilgore is a source of pride as we remember our past while delivering the goods American businesses and families use every day.
The City of Kilgore was founded in 1871, when the International & Great Northern Railroad company laid plans to provide passenger and freight service to this agricultural area. C.B. Buck Kilgore, a nearby town resident, recognized the economic opportunities afforded by the railroad, and built a new home near the station. Many others followed Kilgores lead, and a community was established and named after him. Today, Union Pacific remains a key part of Kilgore.
Union Pacific serves nearly 7,300 communities in 23 states west of Illinois, covering 32,000 miles.