Omaha

Population

2010: 408,958, #42 in U.S., #1 in Nebraska

1950: 251,117, #40 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 865,350, #59 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 366,395, #50 in U.S.

Setting

Omaha was founded in 1854 on the Missouri River. The Heartland of America Park is in the downtown area, near the river. Creighton University is just north of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: First National Bank Tower, 634 feet (2002)

List of tallest buildings

Stores

Omaha has no downtown department stores. The Old Market is an area of old warehouse buildings that now has restaurants and shops.

Trains

Amtrak’s California Zephyr goes west from Omaha to Lincoln, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Emeryville (near Oakland) and east to Chicago. Amtrak has a small station (1983) just south of downtown. Nearby are the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Station (1898), which is now used as a TV studio, and Union Station (1931), now home of the Durham Museum.

Museums

In addition to the Durham Museum, downtown Omaha also has the Joslyn Art Museum and the Omaha Children's Museum.


Omaha Skyline
(Photo by Shannon Ramos)

Theaters

The Ruth Sokolof Theater shows independent films. The Orpheum Theater is a renovated 1927 movie palace that now hosts touring Broadway shows, Opera Omaha, and various concerts. The former Riviera Theater (1927), later called the Paramount and Astro, is now the Rose Performing Arts Center.

The Omaha Symphony plays at the Holland Performing Arts Center (2005). The Blue Barn Theatre is also downtown.

Sports

The Omaha Storm Chasers (formerly the Omaha Royals), Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, moved in 2011 from Rosenblatt Stadium (1948) to the new Werner Park, southwest of Omaha. The College World Series moved in 2011 from Rosenblatt Stadium to the new TD Ameritrade Park on the north side of downtown. The CenturyLink Center (2003) has sporting events and concerts.

Map of Downtown Omaha

Convention and Visitors Bureau