Historical Tour of North Omaha

A map of historic neighborhoods in North Omaha, Nebraska

Following is a list of places I would visit on a long, winding North Omaha history tour. If you have anything you would like me to write about, add, or otherwise know, please share here. These are listed by neighborhood, starting at Dodge Street and heading northwards. Note that all links go to articles I created, either on Wikipedia or on this blog.

Tour One: North Downtown Omaha Tour

  1. Omaha Central High School, 124 N. 20th St. – Originally known as Omaha High School, it was built on the site of the Nebraska Territorial Capital in the 1850s and 1860s.
  2. Squatter’s Row, between N. 11th and N. 13th St., from Nicholas to Locust St. – This is where poor people built shacks, all the way into the 1950s.
  3. Holy Family Church, 915 N. 18th St. – Built by working class European immigrants who lived on the north side of Omaha.
  4. Jefferson Square, bounded by North 15th, 16th, Chicago and Cass Streets – Omaha’s first park, it was bulldozed to construct I-480. At the end of it’s life Jefferson Square was called a “bum’s park” for the homeless people who lingered there.
  5. Market House, Capitol Avenue from North 12th to North 14th Avenues – A site for local farmers to sell produce, eggs, poultry and more through the 1880s.
  6. Florence Boulevard, from Burt St. north to J.J. Pershing Dr. – Omaha’s first park-like street starts from North Downtown. A section of it was called “The Most Beautiful Mile” for many years.
  7. One of the oldest houses in North Omaha, 1120 North 20th Street- A squatty little house built in 1875, making it.

Tour 2: Near Northside Tour

The Near North Side neighborhood runs from N. 16th St. on the east to 30th St., and from Cuming St. to Locust St. on the north. Its where a lot of Omaha grew up, including working class European immigrants, Omaha’s Jewish community, and for the last 80 years its served as the core of Omaha’s African American community. In 1860, the City of Omaha handed out lots to Nebraska Territorial legislators to keep the capitol in Omaha. The area they drew from ran from the Missouri River to N. 30th Street, Cuming to Lake St., and was called Scriptown. North 24th Street is the historic commercial and cultural center of North Omaha. Starting with European immigrants in the 1870s, the strip built up for the next 50 years. In the 1920s, it became the heart of Omaha’s African American community, packed with businesses, theatres, clubs and churches run by Blacks, for Blacks. In the 1960s it was ravished by several riots, and today it is still recovering.

Near Northside Locations

  1. Fair Deal Cafe, 2118 N. 24th St.
  2. Carver Savings and Loan Association, 2416 Lake St.
  3. Howard Kennedy School, 2906 N. 30th St.
  4. Paul Street School/Kellom Elementary School, 1311 N. 24th St.
  5. Lake School, 2410 N. 19th St.
  6. Long School, 2520 Franklin St.
  7. George H. Kelly House, 1924 Binney St.
  8. Broomfield Rowhouse, 2502-2504 Lake St.
  9. Webster Telephone Exchange Building, 2213 Lake St.
  10. St. John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1921-562402 N. 22nd St.
  11. Calvin Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3105 N. 24th St.
  12. Malcolm X Birth Site3448 Pinkney St.
  13. Jewell Building/Dreamland Ballroom, 2221 N. 24th St.
  14. Jewell Building, 2221 N. 24th St.
  15. Lizzie Robinson House, 2864 Corby St.
  16. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2206 Binney St.
  17. Holy Family Catholic Church, 915 N. 18th St.
  18. George F. Shepard House, 1802 Wirt St.
  19. The Sherman, 2501 N. 16th St.
  20. Harry Buford House, 1804 N. 30th St.
  21. Zion Baptist Church, 2215 Grant St.
  22. Strehlow Terrace, 2024 N. Sixteenth St.
  23. The Sherman, 2501 N. 16th St.
  24. Logan Fontenelle Housing Project, 20th to 24th Streets, and from Paul to Seward Streets

Tour 3: North 16th Street Tour

  1. Storz Brewery, 1807 N. 16th Street
  2. Apartment Building at 2514 N. 16th Street, completed in 1929
  3. The Sherman at 2501 North 16th Street, completed in 1897
  4. The Margaret at 2103 N. 16th Street, completed in 1916
  5. Strehlow Terrace aka Ernie Chambers Court, 2024 and 2107 N. 16th Street, completed between 1905 and 1916
  6. Old Fire Station, 1017 N. 16th Street
  7. Poppleton Mansion site, 1560 N. 16th Street
  8. Omaha Driving Park site, intersection of N. 16th Street and Commercial Avenue
  9. Trans-Mississippi Expo location, along N. 16th Street
  10. Corby Theatre, 2805 N. 16th Street
  11. Poppleton Estate, 2232 N. 16th Street
  12. The J. J. Brown Mansion Site, 2225 N. 16th Street

Tour 4: Gifford Park Tour

  1. Gifford Park, North Freeway to N. 38th St.; Dodge to Cuming St.
  2. Garneau-Kilpatrick House, 3100 Chicago St.
  3. Melrose Apartments, 602 N. 33rd St.
  4. California Pharmacy, 33rd and California Sts.
  5. Circle Theater, 524 N. 33rd St.
  6. Technical High School, 3215 Cuming St.
  7. Duchesne Academy, 3601 Burt St.

Tour 5: Monmouth Park Tour

  1. Monmouth Park School, 4508 North 33rd St.
  2. Omaha North High School, 4410 N 36th St.
  3. Original Site of Immanuel Deaconess Institute, N 34th and Fowler

Tour 6: Adams Park Tour

  1. Malcolm X Birthsite
  2. Lizzie Robinson House, 2864 Corby St.
  3. Adams Park, John A. Creighton Boulevard and N. 40th Street

Tour 7: Bemis Park Tour

  1. Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District, Cuming St. to Hawthorne Ave., Glenwood Ave. to N. 33rd St.
  2. Zabriskie House, 3524 Hawthorne Ave.
  3. Bemis Park

Tour 8: New Gold Coast Tour

  1. Gold Coast Historic District, N. 36th St. on the east to N. 30th on the west; Jones St. on the north to Cuming St. on the south.
  2. George A. Joslyn Mansion, 3902 Davenport St.
  3. Havens-Page House, 101 North 39th St.

Tour 9: Kountze Place Tour

  1. Kountze Park, 1920 Pinkney St.
  2. Trans-Mississippi Exposition Site, 1920 Pinkney St.
  3. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Complex, 2206 Binney St.
  4. John P. Bay House, 2024 Binney St.
  5. Lothrop School, 3300 N. 22nd St.
  6. George H. Kelly House, 1924 Binney St.
  7. Site of the Omaha Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 3303 North 21st Place.
  8. North/Calvin Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3105 N. 24th St.
  9. Site of the Mayne – Redick Mansion, 3612 North 24th Street
  10. Site of the McCreary Mansion, 3706 North 24th Street
  11. Site of the John E. Reagan House, 2102 Pinkney Street

Tour 9 BONUS 1: Wirt Street Tour

  1. George F. Shepard House, 1802 Wirt St.
  2. 1805 Wirt St.
  3. Charles Storz House, 1901 Wirt St.
  4. 1902 Wirt St.
  5. 1920 Wirt St.
  6. 2024 Wirt St.
  7. 2120 Wirt St.
  8. 2210 Wirt St.

Tour 9 BONUS 2: Binney Street Tour

Tour 10: Benson Tour

  1. Benson neighborhood, Fontenelle Blvd. to N. 72nd St., Blondo to Ames Ave.
  2. Benson City Hall, 6008 Maple St.
  3. Monroe Middle School, 5105 Bedford Ave.
  4. Krug Park/Gallagher Park, 2936 N. 52nd St.

Tour 11: Orchard Hill Tour

  1. Orchard Hill neighborhood, Hamilton St.to Blondo St.; N. 36th St.to Military Ave.

Tour 12: Prospect Hill Tour

  1. Prospect Hill neighborhood, N. 30th St.to 36th St.; Lake St.to Hamilton St.
  2. Prospect Hill Cemetery, 3202 Parker St.
  3. Salem Baptist Church, 3131 Lake St.
  4. Highlander Neighborhood

Tour 13: Walnut Hill Tour

  1. Walnut Hill neighborhood, N. 40th St. to Saddle Creek Rd.; Cuming to Hamilton St.
  2. Walnut Hill Pumping Station, 38th and 40th St., from Hamilton to Nicholas St.
  3. Saunders School, 415 N. 41st Ave.
  4. Epeneter House, 502 N. 40th St.
  5. St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St.
  6. Dr. Samuel D. Mercer House, 1885 3920 Cuming St.

Tour 14: Saratoga Tour

  1. Saratoga neighborhood, N. 24th St.between Ames Ave. and Storz Expressway.
  2. North 24th Street
  3. Saratoga School, 2504 Meredith Ave.
  4. Omaha Driving Park, Laird and Boyd Streets, and 16th to 20th Streets.
  5. Druid Hall, N. 24th and Ames
  6. Streetcar Barn site, N. 24th and Ames
  7. A and P Grocery Store, N. 24th and Ames – Still stands.
  8. North Star Theatre, N. 24th and Ames – Still stands.
  9. City of Omaha Fire Departments, N. 22nd and Ames – Still stands.

Tour 15: East Omaha Tour

  1. Sherman Elementary School, 5618 North 14th Ave.
  2. Carter Lake Park, 3100 Abbott Dr.
  3. The Site of Florence Lake, North 9th and Himebaugh Streets
  4. Site of the Illinois Railroad bridge
  5. Pershing School
  6. East Side Presbyterian Church
  7. Carter White Lead Company
  8. East Omaha Box Company
  9. Eppley Airfield (Originally Omaha Municipal Airport aka American Legion Municipal Airport)
  10. Carter Lake
  11. Levi Carter Park

Tour 16: Miller Park Tour

  1. Miller Park neighborhood, Florence Blvd. to N. 30th St.; Sorensen Parkway to Redick Ave.
  2. North 24th Street
  3. Miller Park, Saratoga St. on the south to Redick Ave. on the north; Florence Blvd. on the east to N. 30th St. on the west.
  4. Miller Park Elementary School, 5625 North 28th Ave.
  5. Pearl Memorial United Methodist Church, 2319 Ogden St.
  6. 24th and Fort Historic Business District
  7. Miller Park Duplex Historic District

Tour 17: Central Park Tour

  1. Golden Hill Cemetery, 5109 N. 42 St.
  2. Pleasant Hill Cemetery 6412 N. 42nd St.
  3. Hinky Dinky store (Formerly O.P. Skaggs and Hadley’s Grocery), N. 42nd and Grand St.
  4. Edith’s Candy Store, N. 42nd and Grand St.
  5. Flower Shop, N. 42nd and Grand St.
  6. Central Park Pharmacy, N. 42nd and Grand St.
  7. Pinky’s Pizza Palace, N. 42nd and Grand St.
  8. New Covenant Church of God in Christ (formerly Gethsemane Lutheran Church), 5325 North 42nd St.
  9. Shiloh Church of God in Christ, aka Smith Temple Church of God in Christ, 5416 Fontenelle Boulevard
  10. Former Mount Olivet Baptist Church, North 38th and Grand Ave.
  11. Quoc An Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, 3812 Fort St.
  12. Central Park Congregational Church, N. 42nd and Saratoga St.
  13. Central Park School, N. 42nd and Grand Ave.

Tour 18: Belevedre Tour

  1. Belvedre Lookout
  2. Sorenson Parkway, from N. 30th St. to N. 90th St.
  3. Springwell Danish Cemetery, 6326 Hartman Ave.

Tour 19: Fontenelle Park Tour

  1. Fontenelle Park, 4575 Ames Ave.
  2. Fontenelle Boulevard, Military Rd. to N. 30th St.
  3. Nebraska School for the Deaf, 3223 N. 45th St.
  4. Omaha School for Boys
  5. Mergen House
  6. Leo Vaughn Manor, 3325 Fontenelle Blvd.

Tour 20: Minne Lusa Tour

  1. Minne Lusa, N. 24th St. to 30th Street; Craig St. to Redick Ave.
  2. North 24th Street
  3. Minne Lusa Pumping Station, Grebe St. and John J. Pershing Dr.
  4. Florence Water Works
  5. Harry Neef House, 2884 Iowa St.
  6. Former Miller Park Grocery, 24th and Redick Ave.
  7. Former Minne Lusa Tavern and Minne Lusa Restaurant, 7202 North 30th St.
  8. Four Aces Pawn Shop (Former Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store and Minne Lusa Hardware), 6604 North 30th Street
  9. Heartland Family Service (Former Minne Lusa Theater), 6714-6720 North 30th St.
  10. Former Miller Park Presbyterian Church
  11. Trinity Lutheran Church
  12. Nelson Mandela Elementary School (Former Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and School)
  13. Parkside Baptist Church
  14. Mount Olive Lutheran Church
  15. Site of the former North Omaha YMCA, 6330 North 30th St.
  16. Viking Ship (aka Prettiest Mile Club and Birchwood Club), 2582 Redick Ave.

Tour 21: Florence Tour

  1. Florence neighborhood, N. 30th St. between Craig Ave. and Bondesson St.
  2. Florence Mill, 9102 N. 30th St.
  3. Weber Mill, 9102 N. 30th St.
  4. Florence Depot, 9000 N. 30th St.
  5. Bank of Florence, 8502 N. 30th St.
  6. Florence School, 7902 N. 36th St.
  7. Florence Firehouse, 8415 N. 29th St.
  8. Florence Water Works, John J. Pershing Dr.
  9. Notre Dame Academy and Convent, 3501 State St.
  10. Keirle House, 3017 Mormon St.
  11. Potter’s Field, 5000 Young St.
  12. Forest Lawn Cemetery, 7909 Mormon Bridge Rd.
  13. Mormon Pioneer Cemetery, 3301 State St.
  14. Oldest House in Omaha

Tour 22: Ponca Hills Tour

  1. Ponca Hills Elementary
  2. Dodge Park, 11001 John J. Pershing Dr.
  3. Hummel Park, 11808 John J. Pershing Dr.
  4. Fort Lisa, located approximately at the junction of J.J. Pershing Dr. and Ponca Rd.
  5. Cabanne’s Post, located at the confluence of Ponca Creek and the Missouri River
  6. Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire Department
  7. Shipley Cemetery

Tour 23: Fort Omaha Tour

  1. General Crook House, West Road and Middle Road, 1879
  2. Quartermaster’s Office, 1878
  3. Commissary, 1878
  4. Guardhouse, Middle Road and North 30th Street, 1884
  5. Ordinance Magazine, Second Road and East Road, 1883
  6. Mule Stables, Supply Road and West Road, 1887
  7. Bourke Gate, South Road and North 30th Street, 1896
  8. Shiverick Gate, Middle Road and North 30th Street, 1932
  9. Parade Grounds, Middle Road and East Road, 1868
  10. Site of the Dirigible unit, First Road and East Road, 1907
  11. Site of Florence Field, North 30th and Martin Avenue, 1908
  12. Enlisted Double Barracks, 1906
  13. Headquarters Building, 1879
  14. Hospital, 1906
  15. Officer Row Duplexes, 1879-1918 Firehouse, 1906
  16. Post Exchange, South Road and East Road, 1912

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  1. cAdam, I love your blog on the history of North Omaha. I too am interested in early Omaha and I visit your site often as it is so informative.

    Please delete this after you read it: you have a spelling error describing your fourth grade teacher.. the spell check obviously changed it to forth. As a former teacher, I simply just notice these things. No criticism intended. Just a FYI


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  3. I found your site while looking for a photo and / or the name of a pharmacy that was located on North 16th near Ames .. I think the address might be 5952 N 16th Street. This would have been in the mid 1960s. I attended North High School in the 1960s and the bus would drop us off near the pharmacy and head East on 16th Street .. we would go into this pharmacy and wait for another bus to take us down N16th Street to our home on 13th St and Fort. The pharmacy had a small soda fountain in the back of the building. I would appreciate any information you have on this pharmacy. I really enjoyed looked through all the information you have gathered regarding Omaha. Thank you … Pam

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    1. Hi Pam, and thanks for writing! Let me make sure I understand: you’re looking for a drug store that was at or near 16th and Ames.

      I can’t find one. Looking through the Omaha World-Herald archives, I can’t find a mention of a drug store there, or at 16th and Carter Lake Drive, just up the street. Sorry.

      On a related note though, there were two drug stores at 16th and Locust, about 1/2 mile south. You can learn about them and see pics at https://northomahahistory.com/2015/12/23/a-short-history-of-the-intersection-of-north-16th-and-locust-streets-in-north-omaha/

      There was a Lane Drug on the corner of 24th and Ames for a century. You can see pics of it at https://northomahahistory.com/2012/01/09/a-history-of-omahas-saratoga-neighborhood-aka-sulphur-springs/

      There was also a Lane Drug at 24th and Fort that I included a pic of at https://northomahahistory.com/2016/02/11/a-history-of-the-miller-park-in-north-omaha/

      Hope anything there is useful. Good luck in your search.


      1. Hi Adam,I am sure the Pharmacy was on N 16th Street and Ames Street location.  The bus would take us on Ames Street from North High School and would turn right on N 16th Street going toward downtown and East Omaha.  We got off at the N16th Street and Ames location where the pharmacy was located.  We would cross N 16th Street and catch another bus that would take us down N 16th Street and probably dropped us off at N 16th & Fort Street.  We lived on 13th and Fort St.  Thanks for checking.  I will check the sites that you attached to your message.Pam 

        From: North Omaha History To: pampriceemery@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 7:28 AM Subject: [New comment] Historical Tour of North Omaha #yiv1358379965 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1358379965 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1358379965 a.yiv1358379965primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1358379965 a.yiv1358379965primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1358379965 a.yiv1358379965primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1358379965 a.yiv1358379965primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1358379965 WordPress.com Adam Fletcher commented: “Hi Pam, and thanks for writing! Let me make sure I understand: you’re looking for a drug store that was at or near 16th and Ames.I can’t find one. Looking through the Omaha World-Herald archives, I can’t find a mention of a drug store there, or at 16th ” | |


      2. Hi the drug store that was on 16th and commercial ave was just that Carter Lake pharmacy commercial turns in to Ames ave it was right on the corner the building is still there .. at one time a ways back they found a body in the chimney that had been there for 20 years . the other drug store were we waited for the bus was next door the state Bar on 16 th and locust don’t remember the name just RX Lanes was across the street North west corner


    1. Adam,Thanks for the attached information and web site .. I saw an advertisement for Carter Lake Pharmacy that was at 16th and Sprague Street which could be the one that I am looking for .. I think that Sprague runs parallel to Ames Ave.  I did a search for Carter Lake Pharmacy, hoping that a photo would come up, but nothing came up.Thanks for your help .. I might have the name of the pharmacy.Pam 

      From: North Omaha History To: pampriceemery@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 11:02 PM Subject: [New comment] Historical Tour of North Omaha #yiv6734617964 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6734617964 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6734617964 a.yiv6734617964primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6734617964 a.yiv6734617964primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6734617964 a.yiv6734617964primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6734617964 a.yiv6734617964primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6734617964 WordPress.com Adam Fletcher commented: “I added an advertisement to the bottom of this article; I’ll post it and a pic of the building on the North Omaha History facebook page. https://northomahahistory.com/2012/11/30/a-history-of-omahas-n-16th-street-aka-sherman-avenue/” | |


      1. Adam,Thanks .. this must be the Pharmacy that I remember .. I had the address incorrect, but this has to be the one.  I am looking for a photo of when it was an actual Pharmacy in the 1960s .. I will keep looking.Thanks again,Pam

        From: North Omaha History To: pampriceemery@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:25 PM Subject: [New comment] Historical Tour of North Omaha #yiv5101115647 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5101115647 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5101115647 a.yiv5101115647primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5101115647 a.yiv5101115647primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5101115647 a.yiv5101115647primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5101115647 a.yiv5101115647primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5101115647 WordPress.com Adam Fletcher commented: “Pam, I’ve posted an ad and a pic of the Carter Lake Drugstore on the corner of N. 16th and Sprague at https://www.facebook.com/NorthOmahaHistory/posts/1765357203731307” | |


      2. Adam,I am now looking for another hole in my project for North Omaha.  I am trying to find information on Bob’s Market .. it was on 16th Street and maybe Carter Lake Blvd (now might be called Carter Grand Ave) or Browne St or Camden Ave or possibly Fort St … I can’t remember what corner the market was located.  Do you have any information on this market or photos?  I lived in the area in the 1950s and 1960s.  When I was in Omaha last year the Market was gone … I talked with one person in the neighborhood and she said it had been gone a long time.Thanks for you help.Pam Emery 

        From: North Omaha History To: pampriceemery@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:25 PM Subject: [New comment] Historical Tour of North Omaha #yiv3716627285 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv3716627285 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv3716627285 a.yiv3716627285primaryactionlink:link, #yiv3716627285 a.yiv3716627285primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv3716627285 a.yiv3716627285primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv3716627285 a.yiv3716627285primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv3716627285 WordPress.com Adam Fletcher commented: “Pam, I’ve posted an ad and a pic of the Carter Lake Drugstore on the corner of N. 16th and Sprague at https://www.facebook.com/NorthOmahaHistory/posts/1765357203731307” | |


  4. Dearest Adam appreciate and enjoy all your articles. Are there any before and after topographical shots of the neighborhoods on the North Omaha area between from Cummings to Hamilton. I recall many yards twinning , connecting into alleyways, it reminded me of a lil country town here in TX. But I was thankful I saw it and remembered it as a child. We lived on N 28th Ave, our backyards and alleyways ran parallel along the ridge of the Freeway. It was like the earth opened up and swallowed that whole community. It was never the same. Thank you.


  5. I enjoyed reading about North Omaha. From the time I was 3 years old until I went into the 8th grade I lived at 2127 Evans Street. When I got into the 8th grade we moved to 2427 Fort Street and I went to Miller Park School. This was in 1955-56.


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