Union Pacific Railroad built Union Station in Omaha at 10th and Leavenworth Street back in 1931. For many years train crews would select a Christmas tree from the Pacific Northwest, cut it down and bring it back to serve as the Christmas tree for inside Union Station.
Times have changed and Union Station is now the Durham Museum but the tradition of the tree continues. Museum spokesperson Jessica Brummer says this morning, U-P crews will be taking down a 45 foot blue spruce and take it to the museum where it will be placed inside for everyone to enjoy.
This year, Jay and Kelly Incontro of Omaha donated the tree and it has a special meaning. Brummer says, “They actually lost Kelly’s young daughters in an automobile accident in 2010, right around Christmas time so the tree is being given in their honors. Having this extra element that we can help them remember the girls I think is going to be very special for the museum and the community to be able to do that.”
The tree will be decorated over the next week with the official lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving.