Kenefick Park, Omaha, Nebraska

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Union Pacific 6900 and 4023

John Cooper Kenefick (December 26, 1921 to July 20, 2011) served as a senior officer for the Union Pacific Railroad from 1970 to 1986. During his years of service, John Kenefick made many contributions to the Union Pacific and to the city of Omaha, Nebraska. To honor him, Kenefick Park was built.

The View from Kenefick Park

As you drive west on Interstate 80 from Iowa across the Missouri River into Nebraska, you look up and see two massive locomotives, one steam and one diesel, on top of a hill. Of course, you want to visit this place so you make your way there. As you pull into the parking lot, you see a bunch of railroad wheels on the side of the hill. This is part of a sculpture and is part of the park. You made the climb up the many steps to…

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