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. (circa 1400-1860s) The Pawnee buried their dead along the hilltops from downtown Omaha through the Ponca Hills and further north.
  2. (circa 1700) The area between North 24th Street and the Missouri River was an Otoe earthlodge village for at least a century.
  3. (1812) Fort Lisa, near the junction of J.J. Pershing Drive and Ponca Road in the Ponca Hills.
  4. (1819) Cabannè’s Post, the confluence of Ponca Creek and the Missouri River.
  5. (1846) Florence Mill, 9102 North 30th Street in the Florence neighborhood
  6. (1846) Mormon Pioneer Cemetery, 3301 State Street in the Florence neighborhood
  7. (1846) Florence Park, 3015 State Street in the Florence neighborhood
  8. (1846) North Market Square, North 29th and Bondesson Street in the Florence neighborhood
  9. (1856) Bank of Florence, 8502 North 30th Street in the Florence neighborhood
  10. (1856) House, 8621 North 31st Street in the Florence neighborhood
  11. (1856) Bird-Ritchie Cemetery near North 60th and Northern Hills Drive
  12. (1857) Potter Field near Young Street and Mormon Bridge Road near the Raven Oaks neighborhood
  13. (1860) Prospect Hill Cemetery, 3202 Parker Street in the Prospect Hill neighborhood
  14. (1861) Shipley Cemetery, North 47th and Ponca Road in the Ponca Hills neighborhood
  15. (1864) Site of the Mitchell House, 8314 North 31st Street in the Florence neighborhood
  16. (1868) Fort Omaha parade grounds in the Miller Park neighborhood
  17. (1896) Fort Omaha House, 6327 Florence Boulevard in the Miller Park neighborhood
  18. (1870) House, 2902 North 25th Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  19. (1870) House, 3024 Sheffield Street in the Florence neighborhood
  20. (1870) Former Nebraska School for the Deaf, North 45th and Bedford Avenue  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  21. (1870) Inspirational House of Prayer, 4248 Lake Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  22. (1871) Saratoga Stables, 2501 Taylor Avenue in the Saratoga neighborhood
  23. (1871) Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 6412 North 42nd Street in the Crown Pointe neighborhood
  24. (1873) The Mergen House, 4922 Ames Avenue in the Fontenelle View neighborhood.
  25. (1875) House, 1119 North 20th Street
  26. (1878) Fort Omaha quartermaster office and post commissary (present-day Building 6)  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  27. (1879) Fort Omaha guardhouse (present-day Building 4)  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  28. (1879) Fort Omaha headquarters  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  29. (1879) Fort Omaha commanding officer’s house (present-day Building 11B)  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  30. (1880) Fort Omaha officer duplex (present-day Building 12N)  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  31. (1880) Fort Omaha officer duplex (present-day Building 12S)  in the Miller Park neighborhood
  32. (1880) House, 2124 Grand Avenue in the Saratoga neighborhood
  33. (1880) House, 1510 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  34. (1880) House, 1425 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  35. (1880) House, 1522 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  36. (1880) House, 1520 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  37. (1880) House, 1526 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  38. (1880) House, 1422 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  39. (1881) Memmen Apartments, 2214, 2216, 2218, and 2220 Florence Boulevard in the Lake School neighborhood
  40. (1881) House, 2811 Charles Street in the Long School neighborhood
  41. (1881) House, 2812 Hamilton Street in the Long School neighborhood
  42. (1882) Academy of the Sacred Heart / Duchesne Academy, 3601 Burt Street in the Gifford Park neighborhood
  43. (1883) House, 1818 North 26th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  44. (1883) House, 1102 North 24th Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  45. (1883) House, 2617 Parker Street in the Long School neighborhood
  46. (1883) House, 2802 Seward Street in the Long School neighborhood
  47. (1883) Fort Omaha ordnance magazine in the Miller Park neighborhood
  48. (1884) Fort Omaha officer housing (present-day Building 3) in the Miller Park neighborhood
  49. (1884) Fort Omaha officer quarters (present-day Building 9) in the Miller Park neighborhood
  50. (1884) Fort Omaha officer quarters (present-day Building 11A) in the Miller Park neighborhood
  51. (1884) House, 1524 North 28th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  52. (1884) House, 2802 Franklin Street in the Long School neighborhood
  53. (1885) House, 1844 North 18th Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  54. (1885) Mercer Mansion, 3920 Cuming Street in the Walnut Hill neighborhood
  55. (1885) House, 2815 Charles Street in the Long School neighborhood
  56. (1885) Putnam House, 1115 North 29th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  57. (1885) House, 2537 Patrick Avenue in the Long School neighborhood
  58. (1885) Saunders House, 1612 Burdette Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  59. (1885) Walnut Hill Pumping Station pool, North 40th and Hamilton Avenue in the Walnut Hill neighborhood
  60. (1885) House, 1117 North 20th Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  61. (1885) Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 7909 Mormon Bridge Road in the Florence neighborhood
  62. (1885) House, 2408 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  63. (1885) House, 2518 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  64. (1885) House, 2516 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  65. (1885) House, 2514 North 17th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  66. (1886) 2907 Charles Street in the Long School neighborhood
  67. (1886) House, 3030 Evans Street in the Bedford Place neighborhood
  68. (1887) Saint John’s Catholic Church, 2500 California Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  69. (1887) George H. Kelly House, 1924 Binney Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  70. (1887) John P. Bay House, 2024 Binney Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  71. (1887) House, 1605 Locust Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  72. (1887) E. Van Court House, 1902 Wirt Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  73. (1887) Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, 2017 Binney Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  74. (1887) Delavetga House, 3835 California Street in the Cathedral neighborhood
  75. (1887) J. O. Corby House, 2004 Binney Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  76. (1887) Fort Omaha quartermaster’s mule barn in the Miller Park neighborhood
  77. (1887) House, 4131 Lake Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  78. (1887) Young House, 2022 North 18th Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  79. (1888) Seaman House, 3863 California Street in the Cathedral neighborhood
  80. (1888) Loomis House, 1920 Wirt Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  81. (1888) House, 1814 North 26th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  82. (1888) Florence Depot, 9000 North 30th Street in the Florence neighborhood
  83. (1888) Florence Firehouse, 8415 North 29th Street in the Florence neighborhood
  84. (1888) Matilda K. Gardner House, 1822 Emmet Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  85. (1888) Spethmann House, 1628 Wirt Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  86. (1888) Golden Hill Cemetery, 5109 North 42nd Street in the Central Park neighborhood
  87. (1888) Zabriskie Mansion, 3524 Hawthorne Avenue in the Bemis Park neighborhood
  88. (1888) Zabriskie Carriage House, 1111 North 36th Street in the Bemis Park neighborhood
  89. (1889) House, 2318 North 22nd Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  90. (1889) Homan House, 3647 Charles Street in the Walnut Hill neighborhood
  91. (1889) The Prettiest Mile in Omaha, Florence Boulevard in the North Downtown, Near North Side, Lake School, Kountze Place, Saratoga and Miller Park neighborhoods
  92. (1889) Barn, 5815 Florence Boulevard in the Miller Park neighborhood.
  93. (1889) Florence Water Works (MUD water plant) pools in the Florence neighborhood
  94. (1889) Danish Springwell Cemetery, 6326 Hartman Avenue in the Laurel Hill neighborhood
  95. (1889) House, 2811 Franklin Street in the Long School neighborhood
  96. (1889) House, 1019 North 29th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  97. (1889) Mason House, 4025 Izard Street in the Walnut Hill neighborhood
  98. (1890) House, 1538 North 17th Street in the Near North Side neighborhood
  99. (1890) Commercial building, 1114 Florence Boulevard in the Near North Side neighborhood
  100. (1890) House, 2410 North 17th Street in the Lake School neighborhood
  101. (1890) House, 4129 Lake Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  102. (1890) House, 1102 North 29th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  103. (1890) House, 2604 North 15th Street in the Lake School neighborhood
  104. (1890) Buck House, 3820 Chicago Street in the Walnut Hill neighborhood
  105. (1890) House, 5016 Florence Boulevard in the Miller Park neighborhood
  106. (1890) Burdick House, 1618 Emmet Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  107. (1890) Rowhouses, 1001 North 29th Street in the Montclair neighborhood
  108. (1890) Garneau-Kilpatrick House, 3100 Chicago Street in the Gifford Park neighborhood
  109. (1890) First United Presbyterian, 2108 Emmet Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  110. (1890) House, 5214 North 40th Street in the Central Park neighborhood
  111. (1890) House, 2604 North 15th Street in the Lake School neighborhood
  112. (1890) House, 4230 Erskine Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  113. (1890) House, 4243 Erskine Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  114. (1890) House, 1419 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  115. (1890) House, 1421 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  116. (1890) House, 1423 Cady Avenue in the Lake School neighborhood
  117. (1891) John A. Creighton Boulevard in the Miami Heights, Malcolm X Memorial and Bedford Place neighborhoods
  118. (1892) House, 4205 Erskine Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  119. (1894) Haskell House, 2216 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood

 

These are the oldest sites I have found in North Omaha. Do you know of places that should be in this list? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 


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Bonus Locations

  • (1895) House, 2424 Maple Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood
  • (1895) House, 4304 Erskine Street in the Orchard Hill neighborhood
  • (1895) House, 1722 North 28th Street in the Long School neighborhood
  • (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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  3. Excellent list and I love Omaha History. I wanted to pass on some info. 116 N. 38th Ave – built in 1887 – Dr. Richard Young lived there and saw some of patient in the parlor.

    take care. If I can help out in anyway please feel free to contact me.

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  4. Just off Florence Boulevard, on Ogden Avenue, 2nd lot east of Pearl Methodist Church, is 2315 Ogden. I don’t know when it was built, but when my family bought it in 1916, it wasn’t brand new. Hattie C. Thom, and her son, Harold H. Thom, purchased it so the family had a permanent home even if Harold didn’t come back from the war. At the time Harold entered the Army, the family included his mother, Hattie, his son, Harold Craigen Thom, and his sister, Grace. His father, Alexander M. Thom, traveled for work, and wasn’t always there. Later, Grace married James F. Oglesby, and their two children, Esther O. Roose and James (not junior) were raised there, especially after father James passed away in 1926. When Harold married Dorothy Craig (from Des Moines, IA) in 1947, he brought her home to 2315. And that’s where I arrived (home from Immanuel Hospital) in 1949, and my sister, Bonnie, as well, in 1951. Dad passed away in 1974, mom sold the house in 1979. I would love to know of previous history of the place, even though it isn’t ‘mine’ any more; it will always be ” the house that built me”. Laurie Thom Ruby, NHS ’67.

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