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1888 Florence Depot North 30th and McKinley Drive North Omaha Nebraska

A History of the Florence Depot

The City of Florence struggled to exist for a long time. When it finally got a nice train depot on the Omaha Road in the 1880s, it looked like it was coming up quick. This is a history of the Florence Depot in North Omaha.

The Florence Depot was built in 1888 at North 30th and McKinley Drive in the Florence neighborhood. Designed in the Italianate style, the Florence Depot was an essential meeting and departure place for one of Nebraska’s oldest cities.

In 1968, the Florence Depot was moved across the neighborhood from North 28th Street to 9000 North 30th Street. The Florence Pioneer Association saved the building after it was condemned, renovating it into a museum.

With extensive restorations, today the Florence Railroad Depot Historical Museum highlights the railroad history of eastern Nebraska and provides an account for the early growth of this neighborhood in North Omaha.

This structure is not listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places or designated as an official Omaha Landmark.

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MY ARTICLES ABOUT THE HISTORY OF FLORENCE:
Public Places: Florence Ferry | Florence High School | The Mormon Tree | Florence Water Works | Mormon Bridge | Florence Boulevard | River Drive | J.J. Pershing Drive and Monument
Businesses: Vennelyst Park | Bank of Florence | Florence Mill | Florence Depot
Houses: Parker Mansion | Brandeis Country Home | Lantry-Thompson Mansion | Mitchell House
People: James M. Parker | James Comey Mitchell | Florence Kilborn
Neighborhoods: Winter Quarters | Florence Field | Wyman Heights

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This is a drawing of the Florence Depot by Adam Fletcher Sasse for NorthOmahaHistory.com. ©2017 All Rights Reserved.
In 1968, the Florence Depot was moved across the neighborhood from North 28th Street to 2999 Dick Collins Road in North Omaha, Nebraska. The Florence Pioneer Association saved the building after it was condemned, renovating it into a museum. Pic from the Omaha World-Herald.
In 1968, the Florence Depot was moved across the neighborhood from North 28th Street to 9000 North 30th Street. Pic from the Omaha World-Herald.
Florence Depot Museum, North Omaha, Nebraska
This is the former Florence Depot circa 1955. Pic from the author’s collection.

One response to “A History of the Florence Depot”

  1. Thanks again, Adam, for this piece on a real part of North Omaha history.. I remember the station building well at it’s 28th Stree location Growing up in Minne Lusa, I used to hike up the Omaha Road track from Reed Street North to the station then detour over to Zesto’s on 30th for a refreshment break. By the time I did this in the late 50’s and early 60’s, the station was closed up, and I always wanted to see the inside. It’s great that folks can do this now that it has been restored at it’s new location, not far from the original site.

    You may have some readers who would like to know when the last regular passenger service operated on the Omaha Road through Florence. The last through train to Minneapolis using the CNW’s Omaha Road on the Nebraska side of the river to Sioux City was the Mondamin which operated daily until early 1950. When this train was ended, service was provided to Sioux City on “mixed” trains (freight and passengers both) two or three times a week until 1957 when this service too was discontinued after a washout near Pender. I have seen reference to specal charter trains after regular public service anded,, including a political campaign train and a special charter to take Nebraska football fans to Minneapolis for a game with the Gophers.

    I have CNW timetables from the 1920’s and earlier that show itwo daily through trains to Minneaolis on the Omaha Road, in addition to service to Nofolk via Emerson. These were in addition to the service from Omaha to Miineapolis using the shorter and faster route to Sioux City on the Iowa side of the river. These trains were also discontinued in the 1950″s, the Nightengale in 1957 and the North American in 1959.

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