Located on the Missouri River, close to the Iowa border, and extending out to the West to the Elkhorn River, Omaha had humble beginnings. Below are some fun facts about the beginnings and early history of Omaha!
- Omaha was informally established at a picnic on Capital Hill, the current site of Omaha Central High School, on July 4, 1854.
- In 1862, it was decided by President Lincoln that Omaha should become the starting point for the transcontinental railroad; this lead to the formation of Union Pacific Railroad.
- March 1, 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state in the union. The territorial capital was Omaha but it was decided that the capital be moved to Lancaster, which would later be renamed Lincoln after President Abraham Lincoln, who had recently been assassinated.
- In 1883, the Union Stockyard Company of Omaha was founded and quickly became a revial of Chicago's Union Stock Yards. By 1955, Omaha reigned supreme as the nation's largest livestock market and meat packing industry until the 1990's.
- Omaha was dubbed "The Gateway to the West" and in 1898 played host to The World's Fair. Due to it's central location in the nation, Omaha became a vital transportation hub.
- Today, Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska and is home to four Fortune 500 Companies: Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, Kiewit Corporation, and Union Pacific Corporation.
THINGS TO DO
Whether you have lived in Omaha for your whole life, are a new resident, or are just visiting we hope this section inspires you to get out there and experince all of what Omaha has to offer. Check out the other community tabs for a deeper dive into that area of Omaha or one of the surrounding cities.
- Attractions: the world famous Henry Doorly Zoo, Lauritzen Botanical Gardens, The Durham Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, and Kaneko.
- Good Eats: Omaha is best known for steakhouses but the dining scene is incredibly diverse and features talented chefs serving up almost every kind of cuisine across the city. We highly recommend following the Omaha Food Lovers page on Facebook for in-depth recommendations.
- Local Businesses: We know a lot of great businesses across all industries. Here are some of our favorites that serve the Omaha Metro Area: Badger Custom Construction, Omaha Blue Waves Martial Arts & Fitness, Pat Zimmer with Heritage Financial Services, West Mortgage Group with Fairway Mortgage, Omaha National Title, DnTree, The Lantern Boutique, Castle and Associates with American Family Insurance, Signature Property Inspections, Eshelman Chiropractic, and Allied Heating and Cooling.
- Parks and Recreation Areas: Omaha features golf courses, pools and spraygrounds, dog parks, skate parks, pickleball and so much more!
- Performing Arts: The Steelhouse, The Rose Theater, The Omaha Community Playhouse, The Orpheum Theater, The Holland Performing Arts Center.
- Public School Districts in Omaha: Omaha Public Schools, Westside Community Schools (aka District 66), Millard Public Schools, and Elkhorn Public Schools.
AVAILABLE HOMES FOR SALE
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