Archive for the ‘Historical Sites’ Category

Joslyn Castle

August 23rd, 2018 No comments

Located at 3902 Davenport Street is one of Omaha’s great historical treasures – the Joslyn Castle. The castle preserves the history of one of Omaha’s greatest families. Built by George and Sarah Joslyn in 1903, the 35-room castle comprises 19,360 square feet of ornate woodworking and architectural majesty. A pioneer in the newspaper industry, George built the Western Newspaper Union into the largest “ready print” supplier in the country at that time. Accumulating great wealth, the Joslyn family used their wealth to work for the benefit of others. Through their generosity, they established many great organizations, including UNO, the Nebraska Humane Society, the Omaha Community Playhouse and Joslyn Art Museum, to name a few. The staff at the castle do a wonderful job of preserving the building, Omaha history, and the Joslyn family legacy. Take a tour when you are able. Tours are held on the First and Third Sundays each month and on Mondays. See their website for times and admission costs. Happy Motoring!

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St. Cecilia Cathedral

December 25th, 2009 2 comments

Located at 701 N. 40th in midtown Omaha, is St. Cecelia Cathedral. Begun in 1905 and consecrated in 1959, St. Cecilia Cathedral is one of Omaha’s most historic and recognizable architectural achievements. St. Cecelia’s is also the seat of the Omaha Archdiocese. The church’s website says the architectural style is “Spanish Renaissance Revival”, and it is easy to see the Spanish and Mexican influence in the design. Every winter, St. Cecilia’s hosts one of most spectacular floral displays in the Midwest, that it is open to the public. The 2010 event will be held the weekend of January 30-31; with Saturday hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday hours: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is a donation. Mass times may also be found on their website. Happy Motoring!

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Great Plains Black History Museum (closed)

November 14th, 2009 1 comment

Closed for renovationGreat Plains Black History MuseumToday, I visited the Great Plains Black History Museum, located at 2213 Lake Street in North Omaha. It was “closed for renovation.” A white sign hung on the front door (photo on left). Normally, a closing is no big deal to me… this time it WAS! I was accompanied by a young man from the Sudan anxious to learn about his ancestral heritage. To understand the contributions that persons of African descent have made to Omaha culture and the trials they encountered while settling and building their homes here.  When I arrived home I telephoned Jim Calloway, the curator of the museum, to ask when the museum would be reopened and how I could help. The roof on the building must be replaced. It has a tar-paper roof on the back side that is leaking, and the museum artifacts are presently in storage. Jim said that the facility may be open by Spring 2010. Grants have been submitted… approximately $400K is required to fully renovate the facility. Call Jim at the number listed in the photo if you’d like to help out. Omaha, we can do better… Happy Motoring!

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Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

November 8th, 2009 No comments

IMG_0737The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a 3,000 foot long landmark bridge spanning the Missouri River, between Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. The bridge supports pedestrian and bicycle traffic only, and is first such bridge to connect two states.  The bridge is supported by two 200 foot towers, and is suspended approximately 55 feet above the water. Joggers, walkers, and bikers can enjoy the scenic natural beauty of the “Muddy Mo” River basin. There is parking on the Omaha side, near the entrance ramp to the bridge which is located at 705 Riverfront Drive, near Gallup University. Look for the big blue “Omaha” globe shown in the photo. The bridge is lighted at night, is free and open 24 hours a day.  Happy Motoring and Happy Walking!!

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Hanscom Park & Gerald Ford Birthsite

October 21st, 2009 No comments

Hanscom Park is the oldest city park in Omaha. Stretching over 6 city blocks in southeast Omaha from 32nd Street to Park Avenue, Hanscom is a lovely park with well manicured floral displays, a large lagoon with fountain, a public swimming pool and lots of walking trails. The park is also adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford Birthplace and Gardens historic site, located at 3202 Woolworth Avenue, in the midst of the lovely Field Club neighborhood. Stroll the grounds with the family, read the historical markers, and enjoy the relaxed setting. Happy Motoring!

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