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Dallas Leaders To Celebrate Union Station's Centennial

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Dallas' Union Station turned 100 this month, and Mayor Mike Rawlings and city leaders will be celebrating the landmark's centennial Monday.

The historic train terminal was unveiled a century ago in downtown Dallas. The project cost $6.5 million in 1916, and it established the city as the commercial and transportation center of the southwest.

Celebrations include the unveiling of a model display of Union Station. The display will be available for public view after Monday's event on the first floor of Union Station's transportation center.

"Every time I do something for the public, I want to do something historical that's not just a toy," model-train enthusiast and creator of the model display Ban Bywaters said. "I hope it gives them some 'wow' factor and encourages them to study history."

Bywaters said he still remembers the rumble of the train tracks.

"My first memory was that orange train - the Sunbeam, coming into the station. It scared me to death. I was about three-years-old," Bywaters said. "It was also one of the only places you could go with air conditioning."

Photographs on display in the station show famous figures, such as Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, who have visited Union Station.

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