When President Abraham Lincoln signed the first Pacific Railway Act in 1862, he created Union Pacific and set events in motion to complete the continents first transcontinental railroad. Completed at Promontory Summit, Utah, May 10, 1869, Lincoln never was witness to the finish of what he began in 1862. Explore the impacts and legacy of the transcontinental railroad as well as the connections between Abraham Lincoln and officers of Union Pacific during the early construction years with Union Pacific Curator, Patricia LaBounty.
Patricia LaBounty is the Curator of the Union Pacific Collection and Manager of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. An employee of Union Pacific, 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. Patricia holds a BA in Anthropology from Whitman College and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma.