Walking Tours are beginning a new chapter here at Restoration Exchange!
We bid a fond farewell, and send a debt gratitude, to Vince Furlong. Vince is the founder of Omaha Urban Neighborhoods, one of the three preservation-related groups that were foundation of REO. As a volunteer, Vince has been leading our tours for the past six years! And although he will still be our ‘walking tour’ mentor, he will no longer be guiding visitors along the North 24th and South 24th Street sidewalks.
With the retirement of Vince, we welcome a new partnership with Nebraska Tour Company (NTC.) This locally owned business will be conducting our walking tours. It is well-known for its custom crafted experiences, excellent tour guides, and efficient, friendly service.
Even though conducted by NTC, our tours will retain their historical focus and flavor. La Veinticuatro highlights aspects of the Omaha stockyards and the burgeoning meatpacking district during the late 19th century and its current cultural prominence as the heart of the Latino community. And the Deuce Tour emphasizes a rich jazz scene, civil rights efforts, and Black-owned businesses on North 24th Street.
Tour proceeds will continue to benefit Restoration Exchange Omaha.
THE DEUCE (North 24th Street)
Jewish settlers began to populate the area in the 1890’s, 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)
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.” Want to visit on your own? Download the LinkReader app and explore!
PUBLIC TOUR: VINTON STREET
Vinton Street Walking Tour Map
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.