Each week, North Omaha historian Adam Fletcher Sasse takes listeners on a dynamic journey into Omaha history! His topics cover the people, places, events and more that shaped Omaha into the great city it is today. Subscribe on iTunes or listen to the shows using the links below – they’re FREE! Want to support the show? Donate today!
North Omaha History Podcast Shows
Show #17: Florence Boulevard
Once called “Omaha’s Prettiest Mile Boulevard,” Florence Boulevard was built over the old Winter Quarter Wagon Road and was the first roadway in Omaha with electric lamps. Why was it called “Omaha’s Prettiest Mile Boulevard” and what about all those tunnels? Adam Fletcher Sasses tells the story.
Show #16: The Early History of Carter Lake
For more than 50 years, Carter Lake was Omaha’s playground. A streetcar brought Omahans to the Omaha Municipal Beach, four resorts, the Omaha Auto Speedway, Bungalow City and more! Come back in time to Cut-Off Lake aka Lake Nakoma aka Carter Lake.
Show #15: Florence Water Works
The Florence Water Works once had a beautiful campus with ornate buildings, a mansion and a small community to house it’s workers. Adam Fletcher Sasse unpacks this and tells us how Omaha used to get it’s water at the neighborhood level.
Show #14: Kiddieland and the Pleasure Pier
Adam tells us about a popular 50s attraction in Carter Lake: Kiddieland and the Pleasure Pier. It could hold up to 20,00 people! When did it close? What’s left of it? How do you find the remains?
Show #13: Schools in North Omaha
Starting in the 1840s, Adam walks us through schools among the Mormons in Cutler’s Park, Winter Quarters and Florence. In the 1860s we hear about Saratoga, then DeBolt in the 1870s. Adam shares the story of Omaha’s first African American teacher, explores the original University of Omaha and explains how at least 10 North Omaha school districts were folded into Omaha Public Schools!
Show #12: Racism in Omaha Part 2
We continue our study of the History of Omaha Racism. the city of Omaha tries to abolish slavery in 1859. The Birth of a Nation plays in Omaha. An Episcopalian priest is jailed for looking Asian, and the history of the Jewish community in Omaha.
Show #11: Racism in Omaha Part 1
Adam Fletcher Sasse shines a light on Omaha Racism by expertly telling the story of the treatment of non-whites over the past 160 years. Early racism, lynchings, the Greek Town riot and segregation are included.
Show #10: Riots in North Omaha
Adam tells us the story of the North Omaha riots of the 1960s. Were they consequences, or causes of the decline of North Omaha? What did George Wallace, the Black Panthers and Ernie Chambers have to do with the riots? Adam weaves the yarn.
Show #9: The Town of Saratoga
Adam Fletcher Sasse takes us back in time to the town of Saratoga, Nebraska that was at 24th & Grand in Omaha. What happened to Saratoga? Is there anything left? What’s the legacy and what about Sulphur Springs? Anything left of the Saratoga dock on the Missouri River? Is the Grand Hotel still there? Find out.
Show #8: Prospect Hill Cemetery
Adam walks us through Omaha’s oldest cemetery – Prospect Hill. Where is it and who’s buried there?
Show #7: North 16th Street, pt II
Adam continues his tour of N16th St as it transitions from luxury mansions to plush apartments that still stand to this day. He also gives us a tour of the Storz brewery and the center of commerce that was at 16th & Locust.
Show #6: North 16th Street, pt I
Adam Fletcher Sasse drives us down North 16th Street, starting in the 1850s when it was a country road leading to the old town of Saratoga. We get a bird’s eye view of the mansions that once lined this grand way – also known as Sherman Avenue.
Show #5: Omaha’s Jack Johnson Riot
Adam Fletcher Sasse takes us back to the turn of the last century and exams the roots of riots and civil unrest in Omaha. He starts by examining the notorious bout of world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson vs. James Jeffries in Reno Nevada in 1910, and explores what’s happened in Omaha before and after that.
Show #4: Kountze Place
Adam Fletcher Sasse tells us about the Omaha neighborhood laid out in 1882 by banker Herman Kountze. Omaha’s bankers, lawyers, doctors and business leaders lived in Kountze Place at the turn of the last century. It was a commuter suburb, reachable only by streetcars. Learn about the the mansion and attractions at Kounze Place.
Show #3: Early Community Leaders in North O, Part 1
In this episode, Adam Fletcher Sasse talks about early leaders in the Omaha community, including, believe it or not, Brigham Young! Also, learn about the founders of Florence, Saratoga, and Sulphur Springs, as well as the Kountze brothers.
Show #2: Early African American Leaders in Omaha
Adam Fletcher Sasse takes us back to the 19th century to let us know about Omaha’s earliest African American leaders including Silas Robbins, Dr. Matthew Ricketts, the Singleton family, John Grant Pegg and into the 20th century with Clarence Wigington and Mildred Brown.
Show #1: Fur Trading in Omaha
In our first episode, Adam Fletcher Sasse explains how Omaha’s fur trading roots still affect the community today. He explains Fort Lisa and Cabanne’s Post and how Bellevue came to be a fur trading center. All of this happened before Omaha was founded!