117 over 117: The Oldest Places

There are a lot of places in North Omaha that are really old. Many of them are recognized by the official sources, including the State of Nebraska and the Douglas County Historical Society. Others are touted by neighborhood associations and history groups. Some aren’t acknowledged at all.

Following is MY list of 117 places in North Omaha that are over 117 years old, give or take a few places. The earliest places here were established or built by the Mormons in 1846; the most recent were built in 1895. Despite how long this list is, it IS NOT complete! Please share any additions with me in the comments below.

  1. (1812) Fort Lisa, near the junction of J.J. Pershing Drive and Ponca Road in the Ponca Hills.
  2. (1819) Cabannè’s Post, the confluence of Ponca Creek and the Missouri River.
  3. (1846) Florence Mill, 9102 North 30th Street in the Florence neighborhood
  4. (1846) Mormon Pioneer Cemetery, 3301 State Street in the Florence neighborhood
  5. (1846) Florence Park, 3015 State Street in the Florence neighborhood
  6. (1846) North Market Square, North 29th and Bondesson Street in the Florence neighborhood
  7. (1856) Bank of Florence, 8502 North 30th Street in the Florence neighborhood
  8. (1856) House, 8621 North 31st Street in the Florence neighborhood
  9. (1856) Bird-Ritchie Cemetery near North 60th and Northern Hills Drive
  10. (1857) Potter Field near Young Street and Mormon Bridge Road near the Raven Oaks neighborhood
  11. (1860) Prospect Hill Cemetery, 3202 Parker Street in the Prospect Hill neighborhood
  12. (1861) Shipley Cemetery, North 47th and Ponca Road in the Ponca Hills neighborhood
  13. (1864) Site of the Mitchell House, 8314 North 31st Street in the Florence neighborhood
  14. (1868) Fort Omaha parade grounds in the Miller Park neighborhood
  15. (1870) House, 2902 North 25th Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  16. (1870) House, 3024 Sheffield Street in the Florence neighborhood
  17. (1870) Former Nebraska School for the Deaf, North 45th and Bedford Avenue  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  18. (1870) Inspirational House of Prayer, 4248 Lake Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  19. (1871) Saratoga Stables, 2501 Taylor Avenue in the Saratoga neighborhood
  20. (1871) Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 6412 North 42nd Street in the Crown Pointe neighborhood
  21. (1873) The Mergen House, 4922 Ames Avenue in the Fontenelle View neighborhood.
  22. (1875) House, 1119 North 20th Street
  23. (1878) Fort Omaha quartermaster office and post commissary (present-day Building 6)  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  24. (1879) Fort Omaha guardhouse (present-day Building 4)  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  25. (1879) Fort Omaha headquarters  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  26. (1879) Fort Omaha commanding officer’s house (present-day Building 11B)  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  27. (1880) Fort Omaha officer duplex (present-day Building 12N)  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  28. (1880) Fort Omaha officer duplex (present-day Building 12S)  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  29. (1880) House, 2124 Grand Avenue in the Saratoga neighborhood
  30. (1880) House, 1510 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  31. (1880) House, 1425 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  32. (1880) House, 1522 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  33. (1880) House, 1520 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  34. (1880) House, 1526 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  35. (1880) House, 1422 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  36. (1881) Memmen Apartments, 2214, 2216, 2218, and 2220 Florence Boulevard in the Lake School neighborhood
  37. (1881) House, 2811 Charles Street in the Long School neighborhood
  38. (1881) House, 2812 Hamilton Street in the Long School neighborhood
  39. (1882) Academy of the Sacred Heart / Duchesne Academy, 3601 Burt Street in the Gifford Park neighborhood
  40. (1883) House, 1818 North 26th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  41. (1883) House, 1102 North 24th Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  42. (1883) House, 2617 Parker Street in the Long School neighborhood
  43. (1883) House, 2802 Seward Street in the Long School neighborhood
  44. (1883) Fort Omaha ordnance magazine in the Miller Park neighborhood
  45. (1884) Fort Omaha officer housing (present-day Building 3) in the Miller Park neighborhood
  46. (1884) Fort Omaha officer quarters (present-day Building 9) in the Miller Park neighborhood
  47. (1884) Fort Omaha officer quarters (present-day Building 11A) in the Miller Park neighborhood
  48. (1884) House, 1524 North 28th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  49. (1884) House, 2802 Franklin Street in the Long School neighborhood
  50. (1885) House, 1844 North 18th Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  51. (1885) Mercer Mansion, 3920 Cuming Street in the Walnut Hill neighborhood
  52. (1885) House, 2815 Charles Street in the Long School neighborhood
  53. (1885) Putnam House, 1115 North 29th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  54. (1885) House, 2537 Patrick Avenue in the Long School neighborhood
  55. (1885) Saunders House, 1612 Burdette Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  56. (1885) Walnut Hill Pumping Station pool, North 40th and Hamilton Avenue in the Walnut Hill neighborhood
  57. (1885) House, 1117 North 20th Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  58. (1885) Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 7909 Mormon Bridge Road in the Florence neighborhood
  59. (1885) House, 2408 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  60. (1885) House, 2518 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  61. (1885) House, 2516 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  62. (1885) House, 2514 North 17th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  63. (1886) 2907 Charles Street in the Long School neighborhood
  64. (1886) House, 3030 Evans Street in the Bedford Place neighborhood
  65. (1887) Saint John’s Catholic Church, 2500 California Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  66. (1887) George H. Kelly House, 1924 Binney Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  67. (1887) John P. Bay House, 2024 Binney Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  68. (1887) House, 1605 Locust Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  69. (1887) E. Van Court House, 1902 Wirt Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  70. (1887) Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, 2017 Binney Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  71. (1887) Delavetga House, 3835 California Street in the Cathedral neighborhood
  72. (1887) J. O. Corby House, 2004 Binney Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  73. (1887) Fort Omaha quartermaster’s mule barn in the Miller Park neighborhood
  74. (1887) House, 4131 Lake Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  75. (1887) Young House, 2022 North 18th Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  76. (1888) Seaman House, 3863 California Street in the Cathedral neighborhood
  77. (1888) Loomis House, 1920 Wirt Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  78. (1888) House, 1814 North 26th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  79. (1888) Florence Depot, 9000 North 30th Street in the Florence neighborhood
  80. (1888) Florence Firehouse, 8415 North 29th Street in the Florence neighborhood
  81. (1888) Matilda K. Gardner House, 1822 Emmet Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  82. (1888) Spethmann House, 1628 Wirt Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  83. (1888) Golden Hill Cemetery, 5109 North 42nd Street in the Central Park neighborhood
  84. (1888) Zabriskie Mansion, 3524 Hawthorne Avenue in the Bemis Park neighborhood
  85. (1888) Zabriskie Carriage House, 1111 North 36th Street in the Bemis Park neighborhood
  86. (1889) House, 2318 North 22nd Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  87. (1889) Homan House, 3647 Charles Street in the Walnut Hill neighborhood
  88. (1889) The Prettiest Mile in Omaha, Florence Boulevard in the North Downtown, Near North Side, Lake School, Kountze Place, Saratoga and Miller Park neighborhoods
  89. (1889) Florence Water Works (MUD water plant) pools in the Florence neighborhood
  90. (1889) Danish Springwell Cemetery, 6326 Hartman Avenue in the Laurel Hill neighborhood
  91. (1889) House, 2811 Franklin Street in the Long School neighborhood
  92. (1889) House, 1019 North 29th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  93. (1890) House, 1538 North 17th Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  94. (1890) Commercial building, 1114 Florence Boulevard in the Near North Side neighborhood
  95. (1890) House, 2410 North 17th Street in the Lake School neighborhood
  96. (1890) House, 4129 Lake Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  97. (1890) House, 1102 North 29th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  98. (1890) House, 2604 North 15th Street in the Lake School neighborhood
  99. (1890) Buck House, 3820 Chicago Street in the Walnut Hill neighborhood
  100. (1890) House, 5016 Florence Boulevard in the Miller Park neighborhood
  101. (1890) Burdick House, 1618 Emmet Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  102. (1890) Rowhouses, 1001 North 29th Street in the Montclair neighborhood
  103. (1890) Garneau-Kilpatrick House, 3100 Chicago Street in the Gifford Park neighborhood
  104. (1890) First United Presbyterian, 2108 Emmet Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  105. (1890) House, 5214 North 40th Street in the Central Park neighborhood
  106. (1890) House, 2604 North 15th Street in the Lake School neighborhood
  107. (1890) House, 4230 Erskine Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  108. (1890) House, 4243 Erskine Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  109. (1890) House, 1419 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  110. (1890) House, 1421 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  111. (1890) House, 1423 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  112. (1891) John A. Creighton Boulevard in the Miami Heights, Malcolm X Memorial and Bedford Place neighborhoods
  113. (1892) House, 4205 Erskine Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  114. (1894) Haskell House, 2216 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  115. (1895) House, 2424 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  116. (1895) House, 4304 Erskine Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  117. (1895) House, 1722 North 28th Street in the Long School neighborhood

 

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Bonus Locations

  • (1895) House, 1521 Yates Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  • (1896) Fort Omaha’s Bourke Gate in the Miller Park neighborhood
  • (1897) Schlitz Brewing Company Store, 611 North 16th Street in the North Downtown neighborhood
  • (1897) Sherman apartments, 2501 North 16th Street in the Lake School neighborhood
  • (1897) Tavern, 4024 North 24th Street in the Saratoga neighborhood
  • (1898) Rome Miller House, 4823 Florence Boulevard in the Saratoga neighborhood
  • (1898) House, 2420 Templeton Street in the Saratoga neighborhood
  • (1900) House, 7624 North 28th Avenue in the Florence neighborhood
  • (1900) House, 8315 North 28th Avenue in the Florence neighborhood
  • (1900) House, 2418 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  • (1900) House, 3011 Craig Avenue in the Florence neighborhood
  • (1900) House, 3112 King Street in the Florence neighborhood
  • (1900) House, 2216 Spencer Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  • (1900) House, 2512 Emmet Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  • (1900) House, 2510 Ames Avenue (date adjusted; original est 1870)
  • (1900) House, 4728 North 38th Street in the Central Park neighborhood
  • (1900) House, 4004 Fort Street
  • (1900) 4308 Erskine Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood

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  1. Great list. I printed it and will do a drive-by search. Thanks. But I noticed two errors …. the 1889 (date is correct) Springwell Danish Cemetery is listed twice. And the Riley Building (1012 Douglas, now apartments and a Pinnacle Bank branch) was built in 1889. Galen Lillethorup (Former president of the Springwell Cemetery Board and former co-owner of the Riley Building.)

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    1. Hey Galen, thanks for your note! I love the cemetery so much I included it twice – but I’ve fixed that now. Also, I didn’t include the Riley because its south of Dodge – I try to stay focused on north of Dodge. But I’ve updated the list here with some more gems – my goal is to rename the list “117 over 117”!

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  2. sue here…..Adam…I love the list…I saw that your list stays north of Dodge St. but how far west? We live at 2540 No. 65th Ave. in Benson. Our house was built in 1892-93 and know that there is at least 1 house on our block that is older than ours……LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Forgotten Omaha fb page! thank you for all of your hard work preserving history!

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    1. Hi Sue, and thanks for your note! In theory, I look at everything east of 72nd Street, definitely including Benson. However… I haven’t scanned the neighborhood in-depth though, and I know I’m missing places! I’ll add your address right away – thank you! Feel free to share anything else you want me to know? Woohoo!

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