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Marshall recognized by Union Pacific in conjunction with railroad's anniversary

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ben Jones (left), with Union Pacific Railroad, presents Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden with UP's Partnership Coin during a city council meeting Monday, Dec. 3.
(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)
Along with Miami, Slater and Grand Pass, Marshall was just one historic town that grew with the development of the rail industry.

This marks the 150th anniversary of Union Pacific Railroad, and in conjunction with their celebration, the city of Marshall has been named a Train Town USA community.

Ben Jones, of UP, presented the city with a proclamation Monday, Dec. 3, touching on a bit of the industry's history.

"On July 1, Abraham Lincoln signed the legislation permitting the Union Pacific Railroad, and for 150 years we've been a part of this country's fabric ..." he said. "Missouri Pacific came to Marshall in 1880 and later became part of our family."

Jones presented the city with the railroad's official Partnership Coin, which signifies the linkage of history and a partnership in moving forward together.

"The Union Pacific Railroad recognized the city of Marshall as a place of historic significance to the railroad," Jones continued.

Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden thanked City Administrator Connie Latimer for applying for the recognition. The Train Town USA registry allows communities to share their histories. Some stories available come from nearby locations such as Sedalia, Poplar Bluff, Kansas City and Chillicothe, among others.

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