Law and Order on the Railroad
1869, Union Pacific crossed vast open country carrying money, goods and
passengers, with only the train’s crew as defense. Criminals quickly
recognized the railroad’s vulnerability and began to take advantage.
Train robbers usually stopped trains in open country and by the time a
mounted posse arrived, the robbers were long gone. Bill Canada, the
first chief special agent of the Union Pacific, decided to create a
train with a posse on it, ready to move out at a moment’s notice. The
posse trains, hefty rewards and relentless pursuit by special agents
nearly put an end to railroad bandits.
Today, the Union Pacific
Railroad Police Department is nationally recognized as one of the most
efficient, best trained and innovative police agencies in the country.
Its role has changed little since the days of Butch and Sundance –
special agents still risk their lives to protect people and property all
along the railroad. Railroad Special Agents work as both state and
federal officers and have arrest powers in all states in which the
A $15 family pass, allowing access for two adults and their dependent children, includes admission to and transportation between all five locations. A $5 pass is also available for one additional adult with the purchase of a family pass. Participating venues are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the festival.
The festival includes admission into five of the area's best attractions for families:
Railroad Days is made possible thanks to the generous support of Union Pacific Railroad and a grant provided by the Iowa West Foundation. Media support provided by KETV. Printing support provided by Elman & Co.