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Union Pacific’s “Heritage Train” celebrates Nevada’s Sesquintennial

By Miriam Hodgman

10584009_715749848496659_1532769596447710267_nThe Nevada Sesquicentennial Union Pacific Battle Born Express Heritage Train Ride rolls Thursday, August 28 through Saturday, August 30, stopping at locations throughout northern Nevada.

The Union Pacific Battle Born Express Heritage Train travels in celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. The three-day event highlights Union Pacific’s significant role in Nevada’s journey to statehood and the heritage of the Silver State.

Governor Brian Sandoval and Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki are on-board the expedition along with members of the NV 150 Commission, Union Pacific representatives and sponsors.

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are making appearances in the Elko Labor Day parade and Winnemucca Labor Day parade. The train stops include: West Wendover, Wells, Elko, Battle Mountain, Winnemucca, Lovelock and Sparks.

All festivities throughout the trip aim to create a sense of statehood camaraderie and encourage communities to be proud of their town’s legacy and contributions over the last 150 years.

The public is invited to greet the train at each stop. Dates and times are tentative and subject to change.

Thursday, August 28, between 2:36 p.m. and 3 p.m., the train arrives at the Elko Union Pacific train yard, Railroad Avenue, Elko.

On Friday, August 29, between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., there’s a whistle-stop in Battle Mountain, E Street. Then, between 2:36 p.m. and 3 p.m., the train arrives in Winnemucca, 51 Gould Street.

On Saturday, August 30, between 1:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., there is a whistle-stop in Lovelock, at the 8th Street intersection. Finally, between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., the train arrives in Sparks at the Sparks Train Yard, 1 South Pyramid Way.

Sesquicentennial commemorative belt buckles may be available for purchase at some stops. The public is encouraged to follow the journey on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #NV150 and #BattleBornExpress.

Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come. Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of all Nevadans. Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration commenced on Nevada Day 2013 and concludes with an expanded Nevada Day celebration October, 2014. For more information, please visit www.nevada150.org.

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