Welcome to Downtown Saratoga

Once a stop along Saunders Road, as it meandered from young Omaha City to the old City of Florence, the intersection of 24th and Ames became a busy commercial hub in the suburban Saratoga neighborhood with streetcars, pedestrians, and taxis packing each corner. About 60 years ago, it all started to change, and today there is almost no evidence left of its success. Adam shares the story.

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Matt Martin
Michael Wagner
Sarah Swanson
Wattle & Daub Historical Craftsman
Jeff Rockwell
Barb Naughtin
Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Flaunts His Ignorance
Jim Collison
And
The Great Plains Black History Museum.

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History of Public Housing Projects in North Omaha

With more than 1,250 public housing units available across North Omaha in the 1980s, it was hard to imagine that just 25 years later almost all of these buildings would be gone—but that’s exactly what happened. This is a history of the projects in North Omaha, including Hilltop and Pleasantview, Spencer Street, Logan Fontenelle, and others including the Myott Park Apartments. Adam, give us a lowdown.

Our thanks to our patrons:
Matt Martin
Michael Wagner
Sarah Swanson
Wattle & Daub Historical Craftsman
Jeff Rockwell
Barb Naughtin
Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Flaunts His Ignorance
Jim Collison
And
The Great Plains Black History Museum.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

Losing North Omaha’s History

After more than 150 years of history, surely a place loses some of the details in its past. Today, after researching details for more than 15 years, Adam shares some of the people, places, events, and stories from North Omaha’s history that have been lost in our community.

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Matt Martin
Michael Wagner
Sarah Swanson
Wattle & Daub Historical Craftsman
Jeff Rockwell
Barb Naughtin
Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Flaunts His Ignorance
Jim Collison
And
The Great Plains Black History Museum.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

History of Enslavement in Nebraska

For more than a century, Nebraska textbooks taught students that there was barely any slavery in Nebraska. Now, Adam has uncovered some startling history that hasn’t ever been collected in the state’s history. Adam, tell us the real story of enslavement in Nebraska.

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Matt Martin
Michael Wagner
Joseph Tingley
Sarah Swanson
James Sechser
Jeff Rockwell
Barb Naughtin
Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Flaunts His Ignorance
Jim Collison
And
The Great Plains Black History Museum.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

History of Fontenelle Park

For 50 years, the skies over North Omaha were clogged with glorious July 4th fireworks. The same park where those happened holds a history of golfing, picnics, after school and summer programs, and a lot more, including a long-forgotten baseball history! Adam, tell us about the history of Fontenelle Park.
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Matt Martin
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Michael Wagner
Joseph Tingley
Sarah Swanson
James Sechser
Jeff Rockwell
Barb Naughtin
Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Flaunts His Ignorance
Jim Collison
And
The Great Plains Black History Museum.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

The Case of Larkin McCloud

Injustice in Omaha has deep roots, like the 1917 story of a vehement white supremacist in Florence who probably murdered his first wife and framed a man for that murder. Afterwards, he started a riot, got another man lynched, almost murdered his second wife, and kept his successful Omaha real estate business the whole time.

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Michael Wagner
Joseph Tingley
Sarah Swanson
James Sechser
Jeff Rockwell
Barb Naughtin
Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Flaunts His Ignorance
Jim Collison
And
The Great Plains Black History Museum.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

History of North Omaha Freeway

Originally envisioned as an interstate highway to connect I-480 with I-680, the North Freeway is of the most controversial street projects in Omaha history. By developing a major highway through the heart of North Omaha, the government physically sliced Omaha’s historically African American neighborhood in half, leaving a legacy of controversy and discrimination continuing today. This is a history of the North Freeway in Omaha.

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Michael Wagner
Joseph Tingley
Sarah Swanson
James Sechser
Jeff Rockwell
Barb Naughtin
Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Mike Schill
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Flaunts His Ignorance
Jim Collison
And
The Great Plains Black History Museum.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

History of Ames Ave in North Omaha

A fast roadway across North Omaha has provided more than 150 years of growth and opportunities for neighborhoods and institutions in the community. Here’s a review of some of that history, including the story of Jenna Street and more!

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Sarah Swanson
James Sechser
Jeff Rockwell
Barb Naughtin
Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Mike Schill
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Flaunts His Ignorance
Jim Collison
And
The Great Plains Black History Museum.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

History of Industry in North Omaha

From the beginning of the community in 1856, there have been countless light, medium, and heavy industries in North Omaha. Food production, railroads, vehicle manufacturing, and many other industries have all been important, and many others. This is a history of industries in North Omaha.

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Sarah Swanson
James Sechser
Jeff Rockwell
Barb Naughtin
Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Tim Reeder
Mike Schill
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Flaunts His Ignorance
Jim Collison
And
The Great Plains Black History Museum.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

History of Higher Education in North Omaha

Did you know that North Omaha has been home to FIVE higher education institutions in its history? It was 1863 when the Town of Saratoga, now located in North Omaha, went to the Nebraska Territorial Legislature and secured a charter for the first-ever University of Nebraska. Unfortunately, their efforts amounted in nil—but their legacy did not. Adam has some great info.

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Jeff Rockwell
Barb Naughtin
Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Tim Reeder
Mike Schill
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Flaunts His Ignorance
Jim Collison
And
The Great Plains Black History Museum.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha