OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific Chairman Dick Davidson, along with federal, state and local elected officials, on May 10 officially opened the Union Pacific Railroad Museum at the historic Council Bluffs Carnegie Library.
“We have a long and colorful history that began right here at mile marker zero. It’s only appropriate that our heritage be displayed in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at this terrific facility,” said Dick Davidson, Union Pacific’s chairman and chief executive officer.
“The unique partnership between the city, Union Pacific Railroad, and the Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum has created an outstanding museum that will attract history and railroad fans from across the country. Council Bluffs is a railroad town at heart, and we are thrilled to be the new home for UP’s world-class historical collection,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan.
Renovation of the former Carnegie Library to house the museum began in March 2002. A total of about 20,000 square feet, on three levels, is available for displaying Union Pacific artifacts. The museum features exhibits displaying the railroad’s history from the 1800s to today’s technologically advanced railroad.