January 24, 1880
Kansas Pacific and Denver Pacific Join UP
Jay Gould was no stranger to the rail industry — at the time, he controlled thousands of miles of U.S. railway. His plan for Union Pacific was to build a system of interconnected railroads in the Midwest in order to expand the company to key areas in Colorado and Wyoming. When UP was consolidated with the Kansas Pacific and Denver Pacific, Gould controlled all three railroads, renaming the company Union Pacific Railway Co.