Historical Markers in
Douglas County, Nebraska

A Little Town That Dreamed of Greatness A Meeting House for the Saints A River of Change A River of Hope Alfred Sorenson Andrew Jackson Poppleton Anheuser-Busch Beer Depot 1887 Baum Iron Company Building 1880 Birthsite of Gerald R. Ford Boys Town Veterans Memorial Buffalo Bill at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition and Indian Congress of 1898 Capitol Hill Capt. Lewis…will…give us accounts of new things only Captain William Clark and Private Reuben Field Central High School Congregation of Israel - 1884 Crook House Dundee Memorial Park Streetcar Wall endeavor to make yourself acquainted…with…the nations Father Flanagan Historic House Father Flanagan's Boys' Home First Lady Betty Ford First Mass in Omaha First National Bank Building Fort Lisa Fort Omaha Fort Omaha Balloon School Fort Omaha Fire Station Fort Omaha Guardhouse Fort Omaha Headquarters Building Fort Omaha Hospital Fort Omaha Knights of Columbus Assembly Hall Fort Omaha Officers Row Fort Omaha Post Exchange and Gymnasium Fort Omaha Quartermaster Depot From Indian Lands to the Golden Gate Gallagher Building General Crook's Headquarters at Fort Omaha Hanscom Park Flower Garden Hanscom Park Lagoon Historic Prospect Hill -- Omaha's Pioneer Cemetery History of Fort Omaha J.P. Cooke Building 1885-1889 James G. Megeath James M. Woolworth Jan Rosicky Johan and Sophia Ahmanson John Pierrre Cabanne's John Wesley Nichols Joseph Francis Bauman Labor Lewis and Clark Campsite Malcolm “X” Millard Block 1880-1881 Missouri River Flood Mormon Pioneer Memorial Bridge Morse Coe Building Msgr. Edward Joseph Flanagan Nature exerted herself to butify the Senery Observation Balloon Training at Fort Omaha Omaha Omaha Centennial Omaha Firefighters Memorial Omaha Firehouse 1903-1904 Omaha Union Station On The Wings of Angels 9/11 Memorial Ordnance Magazine People, Places, and Stories Preserving Our Heritage President Gerald R. Ford President's House Quartermaster's Office and Commissary Right Reverend Monsignor Edward J. Flanagan Site of Union Pacific's Omaha Shops Skinner Macaroni Building 1914-1915 Spanish-American War Memorial Territory and State of Nebraska The Bank of Florence The City of Omaha, Nebraska the Council was held The Florence Mill The Mormon Pioneer Trail The Omaha Bolt, Nut and Screw Building The Right Reverend & Mrs Robert Harper Clarkson The Road to Omaha The Road to Zion The Securities Building Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Union Walk Veterans Memorial Westwardly by the Waters William Davis Brown William Henry Jackson Windsor Hotel Winter Quarters Woodmen of the World "Among the Valiant"
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Douglas County, Nebraska, located in the Midwestern United States, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The region was initially populated by Native American tribes, including the Omaha, Pawnee, and Otoe peoples, who farmed the land and established settlements along the Missouri River. European explorers, such as French trader Pierre Laclède and Spanish explorer Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, visited the area in the 18th century.

The first permanent European settlement in the area was established in 1854 by a group of Mormons who created the town of Omaha. The town quickly grew as a result of the California Gold Rush, as many pioneers passed through the region on their way westward. In 1854, Douglas County was officially organized and named after Stephen A. Douglas, a prominent U.S. senator.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw significant development and growth in Douglas County. Railroads played a major role in the county's expansion, linking Omaha to other parts of the country and facilitating trade and commerce. In 1898, the Trans-Mississippi Exposition was held in Omaha, attracting millions of visitors and showcasing the region's progress.

Despite its growth and prosperity, Douglas County also faced challenges. In the early 20th century, racial tensions emerged, leading to racial violence and segregation. Additionally, the Great Depression of the 1930s had a significant impact on the county, prompting the government to implement various New Deal programs to provide relief and stimulate economic recovery.

Today, Douglas County continues to be a vibrant and diverse community, serving as the economic and cultural center of Nebraska. With its rich history and commitment to progress, the county remains an important part of the region's heritage.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Douglas County, Nebraska.

  • 1854: Douglas County, NE is established as a county within the Nebraska Territory.
  • 1867: Nebraska becomes a state, and Douglas County remains a county within the state.
  • 1874: The city of Omaha, located in Douglas County, becomes the state's capital.
  • 1917: The city of Omaha annexes South Omaha, expanding the city's boundaries.
  • 1930s: The Great Depression impacts Douglas County, leading to economic challenges for the area.
  • 1960s: Civil rights movements take place, including protests and demonstrations, within Douglas County.
  • 1975: The Omaha Public School District implements court-ordered desegregation after a landmark Supreme Court case.
  • 2007: The Omaha Performing Arts center, commonly known as the Holland Performing Arts Center, opens in downtown Omaha.
  • 2016: The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Douglas County becomes a designated Ebola treatment center.