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Introducing Harry S. Truman Union Station

A Metro bus pulls up to Union Station in Washington. (Luz Lazo/ The Washington Post)

Happy 130th birthday Harry S. Truman!

How do you celebrate the occasion for the notoriously no-nonsense president?

Two senators from Missouri have a thought: Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R) on Thursday introduced a bill that would rename Washington’s Union Station for the former president, The Posts’s Ed O’Keefe reports.

But why Union Station?

The senators noted that the station once housed U.S. Car No. 1, or the presidential rail car, which Truman used for his “whistle-stop campaign” tour, which started and ended at Union Station, O’Keefe notes. When Truman left D.C. in 1953, he departed from Union Station by train, and 5,000 people showed up to see him off, according to the senators.

The station, where as many as  70,000 people now pass through daily, is in the midst of a major makeover. The last major renovations came in the 1980s.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.



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