- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 8, 2014

Two Missouri senators have proposed renaming Washington, D.C.’s Union Station after former President Harry S. Truman, who hailed from the “Show Me” state.

Sens. Claire McCaskill, Democrat, and Roy Blunt, Republican, introduced legislation Tuesday on the 130th anniversary of Truman’s birth to rename the D.C. train station — “Harry S. Truman Union Station.”

Truman’s extensive use of train travel during his time in the White House makes the dedication a fitting tribute, Ms. McCaskill said. The 33rd president was well known for crossing the country by train during his famous whistle-stop campaign tour in 1948. Truman’s presidential rail car, U.S. Car No. 1, was also housed at Union Station.

“It would be a fitting tribute to have the train station, just a short walk from the Capitol and that played such an important role in his presidency, bear the name of this great leader,” Ms. McCaskill said in a statement.


The transportation hub is owned by the federal government and could be renamed by Congress. Both Ms. McCaskill and Mr. Blunt serve on the committee with jurisdiction over the legislation.