Saratoga Belt Line Historic District, North Omaha, Nebraska

Saratoga Belt Line Historic District

In 2021, the Omaha City Council named the area around North 24th and Ames Avenue as an Economic Vitality Preservation District, a local building owner stepped forward to call it the “Saratoga Belt Line Historic District.” This article is a compilation of articles I’ve written about the area and other locations I’ve identified.

At the intersection of N. 24th and Ames Ave. in 1941, you can see the parking lot of the A and P Super Market, as well as a streetcar traffic on Ames. On the right is the streetcar barn.

Overview of the History of the Saratoga Belt Line Historic District

J. F. Bloom Monuments Company, North Omaha, Nebraska
This was the JF Bloom factory in 1941. Located at Florence Boulevard and Ames Avenue, it was demolished in 2018.

Historic Businesses in the Saratoga Belt Line Historic District

This is a picture of the building at North 24th and Ames. Richard Orr took it in the 1950s to highlight the streetcar. Behind that, you can see the Druid Hall, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places; a cleaners; the Star Liquor Store; and LaRue's Barbershop. Johnson's was a Rexall Drug Store.
This is a picture of the building at North 24th and Ames. Richard Orr took it in the 1950s to highlight the streetcar. Behind that, you can see the Druid Hall, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places; Max I Walker cleaners; the Star Liquor Store; Johnson’s Hardware; and Lane Drug, a Rexall store.

Historic Organizations in the Saratoga Belt Line Historic District

Historic Churches in the Saratoga Belt Line Historic District

Third Christian Science Church, 2118 Browne Street, Saratoga neighborhood, North Omaha, Nebraska
Third Christian Science Church was built at 2118 Browne Street in Saratoga in 1950. In the 1970s, it became home to the Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Historic Homes in the Saratoga Belt Line Historic District

Historic Events in the Saratoga Belt Line Historic District

YMCA Athletic Park, North Omaha, Nebraska
The YMCA Athletic Park opened on the northeast corner of N. 24th and Ames Avenue on June 10, 1899.

Other Historic Locations in the Saratoga Belt Line Historic District


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