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 | Potter’s Field
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
- “Florence Depot” webpage, Florence Historical Foundation