73 Facts About Omaha


Omaha is the largest city in the U S state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County.

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Omaha is the anchor of the eight-county, bi-state Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area.

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Omaha introduced this new West to the world in 1898, when it played host to the World's Fair, dubbed the Trans-Mississippi Exposition.

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Today, Omaha is the home to the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies: conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway; one of the world's largest construction companies, Kiewit Corporation; insurance and financial firm Mutual of Omaha; and the United States' largest railroad operator, Union Pacific Corporation.

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Omaha is the home to five Fortune 1000 headquarters: Green Plains, Intrado, TD Ameritrade, Valmont Industries, and Werner Enterprises.

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Various Native American tribes had lived in the land that became Omaha, including since the 17th century, the Omaha and Ponca, Dhegian-Siouan-language people who had originated in the lower Ohio River valley and migrated west by the early 17th century; Pawnee, Otoe, Missouri, and Ioway.

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The treaty and cession involving the Omaha area occurred in 1854 when the Omaha Tribe ceded most of east-central Nebraska.

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Some of this land, which now wraps around Downtown Omaha, was later used to entice Nebraska Territorial legislators to an area called Scriptown.

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Many of Omaha's founding figures stayed at the Douglas House or the Cozzens House Hotel.

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Omaha was a stopping point for settlers and prospectors heading west, either overland or by the Missouri River.

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The Governor of Nebraska had to call in U S Army troops from nearby Fort Omaha to protect strikebreakers for the Burlington Railroad, bringing along Gatling guns and a cannon for defense.

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In 1900, Omaha was the center of a national uproar over the kidnapping of Edward Cudahy, Jr.

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Civil rights movement in Omaha has roots that extend back to 1912, when the first chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People west of the Mississippi River was founded in the city.

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Culture of North Omaha thrived throughout the 1920s through 1950s, with several creative figures, including Tillie Olsen, Wallace Thurman, Lloyd Hunter, and Anna Mae Winburn emerging from the vibrant Near North Side.

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Musicians created their own world in Omaha, and joined national bands and groups that toured and appeared in the city.

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Since the 1970s, Omaha has continued expanding and growing, mostly to available land to the west.

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West Omaha has become home to the majority of the city's population.

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North and South Omaha's populations continue to be centers of new immigrants, with economic and racial diversity.

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Downtown Omaha has since been rejuvenated in numerous ways, starting with the development of Gene Leahy Mall and W Dale Clark Library in the late 1970s.

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Much of the push toward preservation came after Omaha gained the notorious designation of having, in 1989, demolished the largest-ever National Register historic district in the United States, a record that still stands as of 2013.

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The Jobbers Canyon Historic District, along the Missouri River, was felled for a new headquarters campus for ConAgra Foods, a company which threatened to relocate if Omaha did not allow them to raze the city's historic district.

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Inacom, founded in Omaha in 1991, was a technology company that customized computer systems for large businesses, and was on the Fortune 500 list from 1997 until 2000, when it filed for bankruptcy.

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Omaha moved headquarters of the merged company from Omaha to Mississippi.

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Downtown and Midtown Omaha have both seen the development of a significant number of condominiums in recent years.

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The development along Omaha's riverfront is attributed with prompting the City of Council Bluffs to move their own riverfront development time line forward.

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Geographically, Omaha is considered as being in the "Heartland" of the United States.

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Omaha is home to several hospitals, mostly along Dodge Street.

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West Omaha includes the Miracle Hills, Boys Town, Regency, and Gateway areas.

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In 2006, Omaha was ranked for homicides as 46th out of the 72 cities in the United States of more than 250, 000 in population.

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The city of Omaha was established by white settlers from neighboring Council Bluffs who arrived from the Northeast United States a few years earlier.

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Irish immigrants in Omaha originally moved to an area in present-day North Omaha called Gophertown, as they lived in dug-out sod houses.

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The German community in Omaha was largely responsible for founding its once-thriving beer industry, including the Metz, Krug, Falstaff and the Storz breweries.

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Czechs had a strong political and cultural voice in Omaha, and were involved in a variety of trades and businesses, including banks, wholesale houses, and funeral homes.

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For some, the civil rights movement in Omaha, Nebraska evolved towards black nationalism, as the Black Panther Party was involved in tensions in the late 1960s.

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Whites in Omaha have followed the white flight pattern, suburbanizing to West Omaha.

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Four Omaha-based companies: Berkshire Hathaway, Union Pacific Railroad, Mutual of Omaha, and Kiewit Corporation, are among the Fortune 500.

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Omaha is the headquarters of several other major corporations, including the Gallup Organization, TD Ameritrade, Werner Enterprises, First National Bank, Gavilon, Scoular and First Comp Insurance.

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Many other large national firms have major operations or operational headquarters in Omaha, including Bank of the West, First Data, Sojern, PayPal, LinkedIn, Pacific Life, MetLife and Conagra Brands.

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Tourist attractions in Omaha include history, sports, outdoors and cultural experiences.

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The Old Market in Downtown Omaha is another major attraction and is important to the city's retail economy.

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In 1883 Omaha hosted the first official performance of the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show for 8, 000 attendees.

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Old Market is a major historic district in Downtown Omaha listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

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North Omaha has several historical cultural attractions including the Dreamland Historical Project, Love's Jazz and Art Center, and the John Beasley Theater.

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Doug Ingle from the late 1960s band Iron Butterfly was born in Omaha, as was indie folk singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, though both were raised elsewhere.

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Contemporary music groups either in or originally from Omaha include Mannheim Steamroller, Bright Eyes, The Faint, Cursive, Azure Ray, Tilly and the Wall, and 311.

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Omaha has had several number one hits on the local hip hop station respectively titled, "Lose Control" and "Do What U Do".

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Omaha is home to dozens of nationally, regionally and locally significant landmarks.

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Omaha is notorious for its 1989 demolition of 24 buildings in the Jobbers Canyon Historic District, which represents to date the largest loss of buildings on the National Register.

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Omaha has almost one hundred individual properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Bank of Florence, Holy Family Church, the Christian Specht Building and the Joslyn Castle.

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Omaha has hosted the annual June NCAA College World Series men's baseball tournament since 1950.

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Omaha Sports Commission is a quasi-governmental nonprofit organization that coordinates much of the professional and amateur athletic activity in the city, including the 2008, 2012 and 2016 US Olympic Swimming Team Trials and the building of a new stadium in North Downtown.

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Omaha is home to the Omaha Diamond Spirit, a collegiate summer baseball team that plays in the MINK league.

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The Omaha Mavericks, representing the University of Nebraska Omaha, play basketball, baseball and soccer in NCAA Division I as members of The Summit League.

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Omaha was home to an expansion team, the Nighthawks, in the United Football League from 2010 to 2011.

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Omaha was the legendary catchword of Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Peyton Manning.

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Omaha has a thriving running community and many miles of paved running and biking trails throughout the city and surrounding communities.

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Omaha has a history of curling, including multiple junior national champions.

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Omaha is one of only three cities in Nebraska to use this option, out of 17 eligible.

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The City of Omaha is considering consolidating with Douglas County government.

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In 2011, Nebraska lawmakers moved Offutt Air Force Base and the town of Bellevue — an area with a large minority population — out of the Omaha-based 2nd District and shifted in the Republican-heavy Omaha suburbs in Sarpy County.

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Omaha has many public and private educational institutions, including Omaha Public Schools, the largest public school district in Nebraska, which serves more than 47, 750 students in more than 75 schools.

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha operates numerous private Catholic schools with 21, 500 students in 32 elementary schools and nine high schools.

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Omaha is home to Brownell-Talbot School, Nebraska's only preschool through grade 12, independent college preparatory school.

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center in midtown Omaha is home to the Eppley Cancer Center, one of 66 designated Cancer Centers by the National Cancer Institute in the United States.

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City is the focus of the Omaha designated market area, and is the 76th largest in the United States.

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Omaha's growth has required the constant development of new urban infrastructure that influence, allow and encourage the constant expansion of the city.

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Retail natural gas and water public utilities in Omaha are provided by the Metropolitan Utilities District.

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Today, the primary mode of transportation in Omaha is by automobile, with I-80, I-480, I-680, I-29, and U S Route 75 providing freeway service across the metropolitan area.

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Omaha is laid out on a grid plan, with 12 blocks to the mile with a north-to-south house numbering system.

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Eppley Airfield, Omaha's airport, serves the region with over 5 million passengers in 2018.

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In 1939, Omaha hosted the world premiere of the film Union Pacific and the accompanying three-day celebration drew 250, 000 people.

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Omaha has been featured in recent years by a handful of relatively big budget motion pictures.

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Omaha is the hometown of the Wizard in L Frank Baum's children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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