Located on the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska, Omaha is the most important city in Nebraska. Omaha is a corruption of the Omaha Indian word, umanhan, which means "dwellers on the bluff."
Omaha was founded in 1854 by William Brown, the operator of the Lone Tree Ferry at a strategic crossing of the Missouri River. William Brown had a vision for a city where Omaha is now situated. Most of the original settlers were land speculators who came from nearby Council Bluffs, Iowa. The city grew quickly after the eastern terminus of the first transcontinental railroad was located here by President Abraham Lincoln. Because of its central location, Omaha became an important transportation center for the nation's railroad system. Steamboats plying the Missouri River were also an important aspect of the city's importance as a transportation hub.
During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Omaha became one of the country's centers for beef production. The Omaha Stockyards were once the largest in the world.
Nowadays, with about 840,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area, Omaha is Nebraska's largest city, as well as its commercial and cultural center.
Traveling in Nebraska is an adventure in extreme comparisions. While the vistas can be grand, the variation is in the close and near. When it comes to temperatures, the average is something like 80 F (27 c). The daytime summers are often over 100 F (38 c).
Fondest memory: Fond in a negative sense. We were in Gering and the bank thermomiter said 103 F (39 c). We ran up into Scotts Bluff to find a grocery store. Returned to Gering (this is about 10 miles (16 km) roundtrip, half hour to an hour. When we got back and stopped for dinner, the same sign said 106 F (41 c). This was the evening, it's supposed to begin cooling. Of course, it wasn't dark and we had another 2-3 hours before sunset.
Favorite thing: Nebraska was a leader in creating clean and comfortable rest stops for the traveller. Other states have since caught up, at least some of them have, but Nebraska's I-80 rest stops are still a good place to take a break from the road. Many of these stops feature a sculpture commissioned especially for that particular stop.
Being from Columbus, OH I grew up in a clean, safe, prosperous city.....I thought Columbus 2 million people,Omaha 500,000 people cant be that bad.
I thought when I first came to Omaha, NE I was going to throw up from the filth and stink of the downtown slaughterhouses, people in Omaha dont even know they live in a city of filth (10 times worse than detroit or baltimore). The air in Omaha and Lincoln is filthy and smelly, the sewers smell of vomit in the working class areas because the city is run by a bunch of people that would make the Mexican government look like a clean house.
Omaha,NE has a crime rate that takes my breath away (Columbus,OH my hometown has half the crime and four times the people of this dump)
Omaha,NE has race relations that rival Alabamas in the 1800's....The city even in 2003 would give George Wallace 80% of the vote...which is sad because the people here think that people are people that are too be judged on skin pigment
Omaha,NE has an unemployment rate which makes the most devestated rust-belt cities seem like a post-card of utopian prosperity....I researched and parts of Omaha have seven times the unemployment rate of my hometown of Columbus, Ohio
My motto is first the filth and then the corn....This state is 100 times worse than its national image as boring and stale....Omaha in my year here deserves the same reputation Pittsburgh had 100 years ago
The capital building is really a must. This has such history, it is great to go and learn about the capital, and about the state!
Fondest memory: The things that I miss the most.. all of my mom´s home made desserts! That is another thing, families in Nebraska are great cooks! There is some great foods that we make in Nebraska! I also miss the tranquility that our cities have.
Favorite thing: Nebraska has several population centers and lots of open spaces. Interstate 80 run the length of Nebraska from Omaha to Denver/Chenyene(Hiway Splits). Between the western border and Lincoln, You can drive for Hours and see lots of cattle feedlots and open prairie and farm ground.
Favorite thing: Go to Mormon Island State Recreation area. They have a nice campground, although the humidity and bugs were aweful after coming out of the rockies. However, it was neat to see the wild cannabis growing all around the campground (known locally as ditch-weed).
The Platte River Scenic Trails is a historic byway comprises the old Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway and forefather of the modern interstate system. Highway 30, or the Lincoln Highway, was completed over 90 years ago. Stretching from New York to San Francisco, this engineering feat was named in memory of President Lincoln.
The Platte River Scenic Trails also gains its name from the many east-west trails that crossed, or currently cross through this area. Since the 1800s, the Great Platte River Road, as the Platte River is affectionately known, had carried millions of people along this important transportation route. The convergence of the Oregon and Mormon Trails, Pony Express routes, Union Pacific railway and the Lincoln Highway bring import and history to this area.
As you travel down this byway you'll cross over the 100th Meridian, the official line where the hot and humid east cedes to the arid and dry west. In other words, 'where the West begins'. Communities along the Platte River Scenic Trails proudly display fine arts and crafts; and local, historical museums depict the area's colorful military and Native American history. In The Ladder of Rivers, Western writer, Harry Chrisman, portrays the time the first cattle were introduced to the area in the 1800s. Conflicts over fencing of prairie land and a lynching followed.
There are two cities of note in Nebraska, Omaha and Lincoln, the latter being far more interesting to the traveller. It is the home of the university of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Fondest memory: I consider it a great honour to be the visiting Endocrinologist to the two tribes of Indians who live in the Northeastern corner of Nebraska: the UmonHon and the Ho Chunk.
I have learned very much from them over the course of years and they continue to teach with every encounter. Each month I come from Baracoa via Miami to Nebraska and spend one week with the Indians of Nebraska.
If at all possible try to visit Kearney in mid February to mid April during the sandhill crane migration. Half a million cranes will converge there because of the wide shallow river. Cranes are every place you look. In the sky all morning cranes will be flying in beautiful formations. In every field along side of the road there will be feeding and dancing cranes. When you step out of your car the trumpetting of cranes fills the air. For a bird watcher and nature lover like me it was amazing.
Fondest memory: I have many fond memories of Nebraska but my favorite is always going to be seeing the sandhill cranes.
Who travels to Nebraska if they do not have to. Noone, which is a shame, Nebraska and the Nebraskans are great, they have a super collegiate football team and on match days is trhe eighth wonder of the world, I have never seen so much red in one place in fact the stadium is the third largest city in the state.
Fondest memory: Travel west and meet the true mid west, Plainview is just something else
Nebraska is Total College Football Country...If you have
never experienced an absolute Rabid College Atmosphere,
You have to visit this State during Football season.It is
no doubt why Lincoln was chosen the Number One
College Football Town.There are 'Big Red' Flags that
just about greet you off the plane at Omaha's Eppley
Airport.Nebraska is in love with their Football team.
Fondest memory: This is the Heart of the Midwest.Even their newscasts
express that this is the Heartland of America.The people
here are Very Friendly and its all Apple Pie and College
Favorite thing: Visit western Nebraska!! It's full of history (the whole state is, but the Panhandle offers 'specific' history of fur trading and the Oregon and Mormon trails). Scotts Bluff National Monument(Scottsbluff/Gering), Chimney Rock(Bayard), Agate Fossil Beds(Crawford?), Fort Robinson(Crawford or Chadron), etc, are all great places!
Fondest memory: Well, may not be much to look at, but you do have to admit, there's a lot more here to see than there is of Kansas!
Fondest memory: Hanging out at my friends grandparents house. It was at a farm out in the middle of the black hills. We just relaxed and sat around all day listening to the crickets.