07.12.2011 / Take a River City History Tour at The Durham Museum.

Have you ever wondered what Omaha was like in the early days? Do you ever find yourself wondering what the Old Market looked like back when Omaha was the Wild West? Do you prefer your history to be real and unfiltered?

" The five tours each with a different focus and topic, take you deep into Omaha history to look at how things really were."

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you should take one of the Durham Museum’s River City Tours this summer. The five tours – each with a different focus and topic – take you deep into Omaha’s history to look at how things really were.  Tours are run on a trolley and include the following five topics:

  • The Gritty City – This tour takes visitors through downtown Omaha’s historic locations including the former site of Madame Anna Wilson’s home, the Brandeis Building (right near the First National Tower) and the Paxton Hotel.  You’ll hear about the impact of key individuals and events in our city’s sometimes turbulent history.
  • Millionaires & Mansions North Gold Coast – Take a trip through the “original west Omaha” as you explore the neighborhoods north of Dodge Street in mid-town.  See the Mercer Mansion, Joslyn Castle and the Louis Nash residence. 
  • Millionaires & Mansions South Gold Coast – Go back to the early 1900s in the area south of Dodge Street in mid-town Omaha.  You’ll explore historical landmarks including the Blackstone Hotel, the Storz mansion and the home of Arthur and Zerlina Brandeis.
  • The Magic City – Did you know that by 1890, South Omaha earned the nickname “The Magic City” because it was the fastest growing city in the country? Learn the history of the waves of immigrants that came to the community to carve out a new life and, as a result, created a truly unique history for the area.
  • From Expositions to Jazz Musicians: Exploring North Omaha’s Heritage – In Omaha’s early years, businesses flourished along 24th street and stately homes, parks and jazz halls made North Omaha a cultural center.  You’ll learn about all this and more as we look into this historical and influential area of Omaha.

You may want to take one, two or all five tours – but if you do, you should hurry as tours fill up fast! Tours are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.  For a schedule of each tour and for information on how to register, visit the Durham website

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