Born on this day, Feb. 12 in 1809, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States. He is considered the savior of the Union and the Great Emancipator of the slaves.

“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”

- Abraham Lincoln

When Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of 1862, his vision for a transcontinental railroad to connect a nation from east to west led to the creation of the Union Pacific Railroad.

During its construction, “more than 7,000 cities and towns began as Union Pacific depots and water stops.”

He’s the reason Cheyenne even exists, beginning where the UP tracks cross Crow Creek.

In Cheyenne, Laramie and other points along the line, we have extra reason to be grateful for Abe and his vision.


We honor Abe's contributions, and they are many. But, still, I wonder. Wouldn’t it have been easier to say “87 years ago?”


Happy 209th, Mr. Lincoln.

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”

 - Abraham Lincoln

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