Dunsmuir named UP Train Town USA

Richard DuPertuis
Dunsmuir City Councilor Chris Raine displays a Union Pacific Train Town USA resolution at the Dunsmuir Depot Monday. He stands with UP Director of Public Affairs Liisa Stark, left, Mayor Arlis Steele, City Manager Brenda Bains (with sign), and City Councilors Diane Dolf and Nick Mitchell.

The Historic Railroad town of Dunsmuir received a rare honor Monday when Union Pacific bestowed it with a Train Town USA designation. It's all part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary, according to UP Director of Public Affairs Liisa Stark.

“Dunsmuir is the first city in Northern California to be designated Train Town USA,” she said.

“It was a contest we entered,” said Dunsmuir City Manager Brenda Bains. “Chris Raine wrote it, and I took out parts of the Dunsmuir Centennial Book.”

Together they composed an essay on why the train is important to Dunsmuir.

“The city of Dunsmuir has had a unique connection to the railroad since the 1880s,” said Stark. “While today we celebrate our historical connection, Union Pacific looks forward to playing an integral part in Dunsmuir’s future.”

The presentation took place at the Dunsmuir Depot, where city officials received a copy of a Train Town USA resolution, a sign for the office, and a commemorative coin. Then they joined about 75 locals for a train ride to Black Butte.

During the two-hour round trip, passengers were treated to a train safety presentation. “It's meant to enhance awareness of rail safety,” said Stark.

“I think it's great!” said Dunsmuir Depot Historical Society President Rita Green. “It gives more recognition to our town.” She said she feels this is the culmination of the town's efforts to restore the depot.

It's one more reason why people will want to come to Dunsmuir,” said Bains.

“This is special recognition of a community who've had a significant role in railroad history,” said Stark. “We've had a great partnership with the City of Dunsmuir.”

Union Pacific said in a press release that is has invested $1.5 billion in California since 2007 and has more than 4,700 employees and more than 3,200 miles of track in the state.