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Once again the Society's RailsWest Museum will be a part of the annual "Railroad Days" celebration. This year's theme is "All set for the WEST: Railroads and National Parks."
2016 marks the centennial of the National Park Service. When Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir began leading a movement to permanently protect these areas as national treasures, the railroads were right beside them. Many parks, secluded and pristine by design, could be reached by the general public only via rail. It was the railroads that constructed lodging and public facilities at the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, just to name a few. This mutually beneficial partnership persevered until 1972, when Union Pacific donated all of its park facilities to the National Park Service, following the transfer of all passenger rail operation to Amtrak.
Railroad Days is a perfect opportunity to get an exposure to six attractions in one weekend for a very low cost, just fifteen dollars per family for both days. The event will be held July 16th and 17th and is presented by the Union Pacific. In addition to RailsWest, the Union Pacific Museum, Historic General Dodge House, the Durham Museum, Lewis and Clark Historic Trail, and Lauritzen Gardens are included. You can buy your tickets at the RailsWest Museum the day of the event; gates will be open from 9 am until 5 pm.