Omaha, Nebraska

   

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Omaha, Nebraska

 
Omaha, Nebraska
 
By Raymond Bucko, SJ (Flickr: downtown_in_spring) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
 

Omaha, located on the banks of the Missouri River, is the largest city in Nebraska. With a population of over 408,000 people, Omaha ranks as America’s 41st largest city. It was founded in 1854 by land speculators from Iowa, shortly after the territory of Nebraska was created by the U.S. Government. In 1862, after the passage of the Pacific Railway Act, Omaha was made the eastern terminus of America’s first Transcontinental Railroad – which insured its growth for years to come. Omaha’s location in the Great Plains along the Missouri River made it an ideal location for cattle markets and meatpacking. In 1883, the Union Stockyards were founded in Omaha. By the 1950’s, it had become one of the world’s most productive stockyards and Omaha overtook Chicago as the nation’s top meat packing center.

Today, Omaha is a thriving city home to major Fortune 500 companies such as Berkshire Hathaway, and ConAgra Foods. Berkshire Hathaway was founded by celebrity billionaire and investor Warren Buffett, one of the wealthiest people in the world. It is also home to the First National Bank of Omaha, the largest privately owned bank in the world. In addition, Omaha plays host to the annual College Baseball World Series.

 

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Great Plains

Omaha is located in the Great Plains. Learn all about the Great Plains by clicking above.

   
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Tornadoes

Omaha and surrounding areas are located in Tornado Alley. Learn all about these ferocious storms by clicking above. You can even make your own tornado!

   
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Missouri River

Missouri River

Omaha is located on the historic Missouri River – America’s largest river. Learn all about the Missouri River by clicking the link above.

   

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