A rare collection of photos from the 1860s will be displayed in Omaha this summer as part of the celebration of Union Pacific's 150th anniversary.
The railroad hired photographer Andrew Russell to document the construction of the transcontinental railroad in 1868 and 1869.
The collection of 50 pictures that Russell took show the engineering required to build the railroad and the expansive landscape Union Pacific's tracks were crossing.
Russell also photographed the meeting of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads at Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869.
Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young said Russell's photos are rare, so he's glad that the railroad will share its collection.
The pictures will be displayed at the Joslyn Art Museum from June 30 through Sept. 16.