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Sen. Tom Brandt

District 32

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From Hastings Tribune coverage:

Tom Brandt, Nebraska senator representing District 32, invited the audience to imagine first stepping off the train 150 years ago.

While named Belvidere, meaning ‘beautiful to see,’ Brandt said the view was likely prairies as far as the eye could see if not obfuscated by smoke from the steam engine.

He believed people worked hard and returned to the train depot to collect freight, ship livestock or mail and receive letters from home.

The train would also bring new immigrant arrivals, many speaking languages other than English.

“This is the common story of many Nebraskans, including my own family, who have been here for generations,” he said. “Today, we stand in the same spot to celebrate, knowing Belvidere has a long history of being a railroad town.”

Brandt said he was in awe of the endeavor to restore the last railroad depot of the ABC line in Thayer County.

“Because of the hard work started 10 years ago, this project is now a reality,” he said. “This depot you are dedicating today will be an excellent attraction, especially when coupled with the adjoining Thayer County Museum.”

Through the energy of Thayer County’s best, the treasure of the Alexandria depot has been preserved and moved here to be explored by those generations that will follow.”

Belvidere Mayor Linda Hudson speaks to (from left) Kelli O’Brien, Union Pacific senior director of public affairs for Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota; Tom Brandt, Nebraska senator representing District 32; and Jackie Williamson, curator of the Thayer County Museum, during a dedication ceremony for a renovated train depot on Sunday in Belvidere.

Read the full article of the dedication ceremony here.

Sen. Tom Brandt

District 32
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P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
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