Florence Mill, North Omaha, Nebraska

A History of the Florence Mill

While there are iconic places throughout North Omaha, some stand taller than all others. For more than 150 years, the Florence neighborhood has been home to one of these icons. This is a history of the Florence Mill.

This is a map including Ponca Rd in North Omaha.

A History of the Ponca Road

This is a history of North Omaha’s Ponca Road, providing an important lifeline in the Ponca Hills for more than a century!

Mormon Tree, Florence, Nebraska 1920

A History of the Mormon Tree in Florence, Nebraska

The Mormon Tree, also called the Brigham Young Tree, has loomed over my studies of Florence history for a decade now. I’ve seen mentions of it in old newspapers and heard stories about it from older people. However, I couldn’t find anything about it all this time. Until last month. Finally, after all these years, I wrote the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters to ask about the Mormon Tree.

Florence, Nebraska map from 1923

A History of the Florence Neighborhood

The history of Florence begins with the tangled clopping of horse hooves and rattling of the sideboards on beat up wagons. The story of the town begins with people leaving, people coming back, a town booming, a town shrinking, and then getting annexed into Omaha and calming down. It’s a story that’s still being written every day, and lately things are on the up and up!