With a history extending to the 1840s, North Omaha is bound to have the oldest houses in Omaha today. Learn more about them here...
I'm an amateur historian. Because of that, I make mistakes and learn, constantly. One of the things I've never known a lot about is architecture. However, because of my studies of the community I love through this blog and on Wikipedia, I have been learning different architectural styles. Using this page from the City of [...]
Once upon a time, North Omaha was littered with large mansions and estates. This article summarizes some of them.
North Omaha's Ernie Chambers has been a enlightened, phenomenal and powerful political representative and social leader over the last 40 years. His politics are straight-forward, obvious and spot-on, every single time. He confronts white privilege constantly, challenges injustice regularly and demands respect for the people he serves as a politician. In 2010, Nebraska Educational Television [...]
A 1931 picture of Pilgrim Baptist Church's Vacation Bible School.The history of North Omaha doesn't belong to any single person or organization. Instead, it belongs to the entire community, and ironically, it belongs to the future.Within the next few years, there is going to be a surge of interest in North Omaha's history. More people [...]
This is an interesting history of Fort Omaha. Every school student in North Omaha is taught about the fort, that it existed and stuff happened there. But what they are taught and what the average Omahan knows pales in comparison to the actual history of the place. Here are five interesting facts about Fort Omaha. [...]
This is a timeline of African American politics in North Omaha, Nebraska, including African American Nebraska State Legislators.
When the Trans-Mississippi Exposition happened in North Omaha in 1898, the city wanted to make sure all visitors knew how easy it was to get to the site. Using some promotional materials from that time, I've written a history of streetcars in North Omaha in the 1890s.
By now, many North Omahans are familiar with the grand, wonderful, exuberant and spectacular event know as the Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898. However, not many people know that the "event of the century" almost didn't happen in banker Augustus Kountze's land centered on 24th and Evans. In planning for at least three years before it [...]
Hidden deep in the heart of North Omaha is a jewel of a street, filled with abundant American foursquare houses, long yards and hints of its glory 100 years ago. This section of Wirt Street, from North 16th to North 24th Streets, was once home to some of the predominant names in the beautiful Kountze [...]
Just like school districts everywhere, Omaha Public Schools has had a challenge serving disengaged students ever since students were mandated to go to school by compulsory school law. In Nebraska, that year was 1887. After a few decades, the Fort Street Special School for Incorrigible Boys was their answer to the challenge these students posed. [...]
A graphic timeline with some important events in North Omaha history....
Between 1870 and the 1950s, A LOT happened in North Omaha. This is a summary of the people, events, organizations and more that made history...
The place where I grew up, Omaha's Miller Park neighborhood, rushes through my imagination a lot. I want to see it acknowledged, appreciated and accentuated every day. This article is my acknowledgment of the past and contribution to the future.
Omaha has many histories that need to be told. Places, people and events that happened over the last 160 years have been forgotten, neglected or repressed, and that's what I am most interested in. The story of Will Brown is one such story. It represents the ugly, hateful history of this city that has driven [...]
A guest article by Karen Clopton explores the history of the Prince Hall Masons and their century-old Druid Hall in North Omaha, Nebraska.
This is a guest post by Linda Williams, an architecture student in Omaha.
African American patrons of a drug store on N. 24th Street in the 1940s. As this blog tells repeatedly, the history of North Omaha is richer, deeper and more meaningful than anyone gives it credit for. In 1994, NET helped reveal some of this history through a powerful documentary called "A Street of Dreams." From [...]
One of the most powerful documentaries to ever be made in Omaha is called A Time For Burning. Nominated for an Academy Award for documentary filmmaking in 1966, the film highlights then-barber/future Nebraska legislator Ernie Chambers. A graduate of the Creighton University Law School, he was elected Senator to the Nebraska Legislature in 1970. By [...]
Some memories don't want to be remembered. Growing up in North Omaha in the 1980s and 90s, they weren't romantic times. My neighborhood around Miller Park Elementary School was in steady decline the entire time I lived there, and as far as I've seen and read, has been ever since. The City of Omaha has [...]
One of the places that sparks my imagination greatly is when my varying interests overlap, and that's why today's post on BANTU particularly excites me. From the pioneering Civil Rights efforts of Dr. Matthew Ricketts In the 1910s and 1920s, Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) was active in Omaha, led by young Malcolm [...]
The following video is a collection of pictures from the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado. This was a massive F5 tornado that ripped across the entire city. However, the vast majority of damage was done to North Omaha, and in particular the Near North Side. Most of the photos in the video are from the neighborhood, [...]
North 24th Street in North Omaha, Nebraska, used to be a regular street of dreams. Home to immigrants and entrepreneurs, it hosted generations of families that made it. Then in the 1960s, several riots struck at the heart of the community. It hasn't recovered in the 50 years since.
A history of the Fontenelle Park in North Omaha, Nebraska by Adam Fletcher Sasse. Includes baseball, parks and recreation, fireworks and more!
Everything begins somewhere. For Omaha's Carter Lake, it was as a fun-filled day in the water for all kinds of people. Following is the early history of the place. It includes a waterfront boardwalk, hotels, a resort, clubs and an amusement park.
Florence Boulevard in North Omaha has a historic treasure trove packed with homes, businesses, churches and more.
The Florence Water Works was once home to one of the most magnificent buildings in the entire city of Omaha. Despite being obliterated in the 1950s, the water around it keeps wetting the whistle...
If walls could talk, North Omaha's schools would be much noisier, much more colorful, and much more complicated than anyone wants to hear. For more than 150 years, schools throughout the community have served students of all ages. With a deep history including segregation and school violence, its can be hard to remember all the positive people and events that emerged in the community's schools. Following is my ever-growing history of the old schools in North Omaha.
In the 1950s and 60s, the Kiddieland and Pleasure Pier at Carter Lake Park in Omaha, Nebraska, were a veritable wonderful of fun and good times.
Because of when the riots happened and what they did, there are scars on North O that that haven't healed almost 50 years later. Here's a history of what happened.
Here is a video by Waymaker Media with a short history of the Dreamland Ballroom on North 24th Street in North Omaha. Make sure you like the video and leave comments on YouTube! You Might Also Like... A History of the 24th and Lake Historic District A History of the Carnation Ballroom in North Omaha [...]
Omaha Public Schools are re-segregating today. Neighborhoods in Omaha are severely segregated. Throughout the city, black and brown people are routinely followed through stores, disproportionately pulled over by police and much, much more. Following, I detail research findings that show the areas of education, healthcare, economic development and policing demonstrate clear racial segregation throughout Omaha. Racism isn't [...]
Long before becoming a decrepit pipeline for the neglect of old North Omaha, North 16th Street had a history almost as long as the city itself.
I am fascinated by the history of North Omaha, Nebraska. After spending a decade growing up near 24th and Fort, I was infused with the rich history of the community by many of the adults who made my teenage life rich and successful. Stemming from that fascination, I have researched and written more than 200 [...]
Soul food was served in mighty heaps at Omaha's old "Black City Hall." Learn about the legacy of the original Fair Deal Cafe...
Here's a special treat for readers. Following is a map of historic places in North Omaha created on Google Maps.
One hundred years ago, getting a new buggy was a big deal. By 1910, jalopies criss-crossed North Omaha's streets, jutting across the city and competing with the old horse-drawn wagons coming in from the country. But tucked away in the community's memory was a gentile driving park that was located in North Omaha. Established as [...]
Saratoga was originally a large township on the Missouri River. What happened to it?
Almost a thousand years ago early American Indians roamed the thick woodlands the lined the Missouri River bottoms in East Omaha. There were fishing ponds and hideaways, both excellent for keeping the small western villages of the Woodlands culture that dotted the area. On the plateau above the river was a prairie that looked more [...]