- Union Pacific Railroad Omaha Shops Facility
The Union Pacific Railroad Omaha Shops Facility was a 100 acre shop for the
trains of the Union Pacificlocated at North 9th and Webster in Downtown Omaha. With the first locomotives arriving in 1865, [Federal Writers Project. (1939) "Nebraska." Nebraska State Historical Society. p242.] it took until the 1950s for the facility to become the major overhaul and maintenance facility for the railroad. This lasted until 1988 when UP moved most of the operations out-of-state. Demolition began soon afterwards.
The shops were equipped for the complete overhaul and repair of all railroad equipment. The "General Sherman", also known as Engine Number 1, arrived from
St. Louis, Missouriin 1865. The Great Flood of 1881covered the entire facility with dirt, and later sand pumped from the Missouri Riverbed. In 1903 William R. McKeen, Jr.invented the track motorcarthere, later forming the McKeen Motor Car Companyon the site at the insistence of UP head E. H. Harriman. [Federal Writers Project. (1939) "Nebraska." Nebraska State Historical Society. p242.]
In 1994 the City of Omaha asked the Union Pacific and several other properties on the Omaha Riverfront about voluntarily cleaning up their properties, as part of a greater riverfront revitalization effort. The
Environmental Protection Agencyissued anAdministrative Order on Consent to the UP in 2000, which required the railroad to investigate andclean up releases of hazardous wastes on the site. [ [http://www.epa.gov/Region7/factsheets/2000/fs_upr_omaha_shops.pdf "Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha Shops. Omaha, Nebraska. Update: Statement of Basis for Cleanup"] , Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 3/30/08.] The Union Pacific facility then entered the Nebraska Voluntary Cleanup Program, effectively closing the facility forever. [(2007) [http://www.epa.gov/correctiveaction/success/upo11-07.pdf "Union Pacific/Omaha Convention [Qwest] Center"] , Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 3/30/08.]
Today the site is the location of
Qwest Center Omaha.
History of Omaha
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