Omaha History Department Office

History of Omaha, NE

Omaha History Department Office

1819 Farnam St
Omaha Nebraska 68183
United States

402-444-7000

Business Description

Omaha's rich and varied history is a testament to its modernity. Omaha, Nebraska was named the "Gateway to the West" in 1854 because of its location at the Missouri River crossing. The population of Omaha skyrocketed after the Union Pacific Railroad selected Omaha as its primary western terminus in 1867. Omaha was a major cattle-marketing hub and its stockyards and meat-processing facilities played an important role in the growth of the local economy. Omaha's proximity to rail transport has allowed it to grow its industrial base.

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Monday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
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About Omaha

Omaha ( OH-mə-hah) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. It is in located in the Midwestern United States along the Missouri River, about 10 mi (15 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River. The nation's 40th-most populous city, Omaha had a population of 486,051 as of the 2020 census. It is the anchor of the eight-county Omaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which extends into Iowa and is the 58th-largest metro area in the United States, with a population of 967,604. Furthermore, the greater Omaha–Council Bluffs–Fremont combined statistical area had 1,004,771 residents in 2020.

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