Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha City is located in the eastern part and is the largest city in the U.S. State of Nebraska. Omaha is on the Missouri River on the border to Iowa. Gateway to the West. Omaha has the highest number of millionaires per capita in the nation. The city has many historical and cultural attractions and it has a rich history of rhythm and blues, and jazz and the city has a well-deserved reputation for hospitality.

To See And To Do In Omaha

  • Omaha Children's Museum
  • Strategic Air and Space Museum
  • Gerald R. Ford Birth Site and Gardens
  • Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Old Market
  • Joslyn Castle
  • Joslyn Art Museum
  • Heartland of America Park
  • Gene Leahy Mall
  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
  • Durham Western Heritage Museum
  • Malcolm X Birthsite
  • Farmers Market
  • Mormon Trail Center
  • Lauritzen Gardens

History Of Omaha - Timeline

In 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition explored the area that would later become the city of Omaha. In 1812, Manuel Lisa builds Fort Lisa. In 1825, a fur trader named J.B. Royce built a trading post. In 1846, Mormons built more than 800 cabins located in present-day North Omaha. In 1848, the settlement was abandoned.

In 1854, Logan Fontenelle, a US Indian agent and a trader of French and Omaha ancestry, and the Omaha Tribe sold their tribal land to the United States. This allowed white settlement, and the same year Omaha City was founded.

In 1861, the telegraph reached Omaha. In 1863, the first bank opened. In 1868, Omaha was replaced by Lincoln as the state capital. In 1869, the railroad was completed. In 1871, the Omaha Bee newspaper was founded.

In 1878, the telephone service was introduced and the same year the Creighton University was founded. In 1883, the city hosted the first official performance of the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. In 1888, the Douglas Street Bridge opened to traffic. In 1889, the first electric trolley cars began running.

In 1892, the Orpheum Theater was built. In 1893, the City Hall was completed. In 1894, the Henry Doorly Zoo was founded. In 1910, the tallest skyscraper at the time, Woodmen of the World Building, was built. In 1913, a tornado ripped through Omaha and killed more than 100 people and destroyed hundreds of homes. In 1916, the Ford Hospital was built. Today the building serves as apartments.

In 1917, the major meatpacking plants hired blacks as strikebreakers. Hostility against the strikebreakers was high among the working class whites in the city and in 1919, a race riot occurred. The 19-year-old Agnes Loebeck had been raped and she identified a black man named Will Brown as her rapist. Will Brown was arrested but a mob stormed the police station and seven officers received gunshot wounds. The crowd captured Will Brown and a few minutes later, his lifeless body was hanging from a telephone post. They also tried to hang Mayor Edward Smith from a traffic signal tower. A state agent manages to bring him down and drove him to the Ford Hospital. The Mayor lingered between life and death for several days, but he finally recovered.

In 1921, after the Omaha riot, the Ku Klux Klan established in the city. In 1925, Malcolm X was born. In 1949, the Rosenblatt Stadium was completed. In 1974, Gerald Ford of Omaha became the President of the United States. In 1975, a tornado killed three and injured 133 people. In 2002, the One First National Center was completed and it is the tallest building in Omaha.