The Original Union Pacific Main Line through Papillion
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member kamlo
N 41° 09.480 W 096° 02.569
14T E 748123 N 4560512
Quick Description: This Nebraska Historical Marker indicates the place where the railroad was.
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 4/27/2016 11:29:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMR1D1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 4

Long Description:
Approximately thirty feet south of here in 1865 the Union Pacific Railroad laid its original track extending from the Missouri River in Omaha, south up Mud Creek to Papillion Creek, and northwesterly along West Papillion Creek. Although Chief Engineer Peter A. Dey had proposed a more direct route to reach the Elkhorn Valley, Union Pacific Vice President Dr. Thomas Durant and consulting engineer Silas Seymour instead selected the Papillion Creek alternative, adding nine miles to the line. Durant was accused of making the change to obtain additional government subsidies, but he defended the Papillion route as having gentler grades than the Dey route.

When E. H. Harriman gained control of the Union Pacific in 1897 he began modernization, including construction of the Lane Cut-off following Dey's original route. The cut-off opened in 1908, relegating the Durant line to a secondary role. Between 1988 and 1994, 7.3 miles of track on the original Durant line between Gilmore and Millard were removed. Rail customers in Millard are served from the west end of the original main line at Lane Junction in west Omaha.

Papillion Area Historical Society
Nebraska State Historical Society, 2012

222 N Jefferson, Papillion (Sump Library)
Sarpy County
Marker 499
Marker Name: The Original Union Pacific Main Line through Papillion

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Roadside: yes

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