A History of Commercial Buildings in North Omaha

North 30th and Ames Avenue Historic Commercial District, North Omaha, Nebraska

Whether they are home to stores, shops, industries, or offices, there have been a lot of different types of places in North Omaha for business to happen. All the major streets and some of the smaller ones have had a variety of enterprises, and although many are gone, they have left a permanent mark on the community. This is a history of commercial buildings in North Omaha.

The Beginnings

Commerce in North Omaha was established before the City of Omaha was founded. A little encampment called Winter Quarters on the farthest north reaches of the city was home to as many as 5,000 people starting in 1846. While many of them left, their traces went on with the first businesses in the city’s history.

Outside the neighborhood that became Florence, the first businesses in North Omaha were along California Street at the Missouri River. One of the earliest trails through Omaha was called the California Trail, and it became present-day Military Road. From there, businesses spread throughout the present-day North Downtown area, and then north along North 16th Street and Saunders Road, which is called North 24th Street today.

Histories of Individual Commercial Buildings in North Omaha

Histories of Intersections with Commercial Buildings in North Omaha

There are a LOT of historic commercial buildings in North Omaha! What would you like to read about? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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1 Comment

  1. I appreciate you doing all this research on Omaha history. I grew up in Omaha and my family moved to Kansas City, but I still keep in touch with family and friends. I love Omaha and thank you so much for all this information.

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