“Building America’s Transcontinental: 150 Years and Today”
Just days after the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad, in seven years and ahead of schedule, the country was transformed. The railroad not only connected the United States, it connected the U.S. to the world, bringing products from Asia and Europe across the continent. Ideas and communication flowed freely across the country on mail cars and by telegraph, making this railroad the first information highway on the continent.
In 2019 Union Pacific celebrated this date in history with a variety of exhibits, steam trips and more! Come learn more about the construction of the Nation’s first Transcontinental railroad AND Union Pacific’s 2019 events.
Patricia LaBounty is the Curator of the Union Pacific Collection and manages the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. An employee of Union Pacific, with a BA in Anthropology, MA in Museum Studies, and more than 15 years experience in the museum field, Patricia manages one of the oldest corporate collections and museums in America. Union Pacific’s collection, displayed at the Museum, draws visitors from all 50 states and more than 40 countries from around the world. She began working for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in 2006.
PRESENTER: Patricia LaBounty
LOCATION: Canyon Community Center (126 Lion Blvd); Springdale, Utah
DATE: September 23, 2020
TIME: 7:30 pm