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Union Pacific donates $500,000 to Lincoln Library

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Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- Union Pacific Corp. has donated $500,000 to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to celebrate the legacy of the man whose actions helped create the railroad.

Lincoln established the Union Pacific with the signing of the Pacific Railway Act in July 1862. The act provided land and a federal subsidy for the construction of the transcontinental railroad.

Union Pacific spokesman Bob Turner called it an honor for the railroad to support the library.

Foundation officials say the donation will be used to support the work of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

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