Opened in a re-used school building in 1917, North Omaha’s Minne Lusa School has a long history.
This is a biography of Everett S. Dodds, and prolific architect who designed many buildings in North Omaha from 1914 through 1940.
This is a biography of one of Florence’s most important historical figures.
A short history of Minne Lusa Theatre, including its neighboring drug store, furniture store and much more.
Built on an 1852 house foundation, the Parker Mansion was a landmark in far North Omaha for more than a century.
The Minne Lusa Creek used to run wild through North Omaha. Here’s its short story…
“Proud, powerful and transforming.” Asked to think of words to describe the Minne Lusa neighborhood, these came to my mind immediately. I was sitting with a friend in Omaha recently, talking about the changes in North O, and they asked me what I thought of it. I easily remembered summers riding bikes up and down Minne Lusa Boulevard, going to the Viking Ship regularly, eating ice cream and buying cassette tapes at Four Aces Pawn Shop. Even as a kid, I thought the neighborhood was special, with its giant houses on the boulevard and polite houses up and down the blocks, all with an overall feeling of respectful suburbanity. The following is a short history of the neighborhood that I write out of admiration for Minne Lusa’s beauty, my memories, and the people who fill the homes today.
The Miller Park in North Omaha has a long history. There is no single right way to write about it, … More
Suburbs need social clubs, and social clubs need swingin’ good fun! North Omaha’s Viking Ship was that place for more … More
While it has absolutely no active movie theaters today, the North Omaha community has been home to at least 20 (!) movie theaters over the last century. This is a short history of those theaters. Its really incomplete, as information has been hard for me to find.
The history of North Omaha includes redlining starting during the 1920s, and being made illegal in the 1960s. This article explores that history, including the context in which it happened and some of the outcomes.
This is a summary of popular architectural styles in North Omaha.
This is an interesting history of Fort Omaha. Every school student in North Omaha is taught about the fort, that … More
This is a history of streetcars in North Omaha, Nebraska.
By now, many North Omahans are familiar with the grand, wonderful, exuberant and spectacular event know as the Trans-Mississippi Exposition … More
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…
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. After being nearly-obliterated in 1970, MUD has rebuilt the structure to honor its 130-year history, and today the water there keeps wetting the whistle. This is a history of the Florence Water Works and Minne Lusa Pumping Station.
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.
Following is a list of places I would visit on a long, winding North Omaha history tour. If you have anything you would like me to write about, add, or otherwise know, please share here. I LOVE NORTH O! These are listed by neighborhood, starting at Dodge Street and heading northwards. Note that all links go to articles I created, either on Wikipedia or on this blog.