Want to learn more about the history and architecture of Omaha’s business hubs and get some fresh air while doing it? Restoration Exchange Omaha offers three public walking tours that explore some of the city’s oldest commercial districts.
The cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Groups that would like to schedule a private tour should contact Vince Furlong, REO’s walking tour coordinator, at 402.709.2586 to arrange a date, time and cost.
All proceeds support REO efforts in the tour area. Book one today! For more information, contact REO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By appointment (call 402.709.2586 to schedule)
Starts at Louis M’s Burger Lust, 1718 Vinton St.
The Vinton Street Historic District, registered as a National Historic Place, is made up of 17 buildings constructed between 1890 and 1923. The street grid pattern that meets the diagonal Vinton creates irregular lots and skewed building fronts. Tour goers can explore vintage shops, restaurants and a growing number of art galleries.
The Deuce – North 24th Street
2nd Saturday of the month (April through October)
Starts at Dreamland Park at 24th and Lizzie Robinson Drive
Jewish settlers began to populate the area in the 1890s, calling the stretch between Cuming and Lake the “Miracle Mile.” For African Americans who called North Omaha home in the early 20th century, it was known as the “Street of Dreams.” 24th and Lake emerged as a bustling district of theatres, restaurants, retail shops and music clubs like the Dreamland Ballroom. Tour goers can explore the rich history of this street and experience the revitalization happening today.
La Veinticuatro – South 24th Street
3rd Saturday of the month (April through October)
Starts at 24th and N streets
The village of South Omaha, incorporated in 1886, grew to 8,000 residents by 1890. Originally settled by German, Irish and Scandanavian immigrants, the turn of the century saw Poles, Czechs and other eastern European families flood the area seeking jobs. Once known as the “Magic City,” South Omaha was heavily influenced by the formation of the Union Stockyards Company and the meat processing industry. The section of S. 24th Street between M and O was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Tour goers can learn, shop and experience life in Omaha’s “melting pot.”