According to TRACKAAH, Omaha is the largest city in the US state of Nebraska and is located on the Missouri. The city is nestling on a steep slope and allows fantastic views far into its beautiful surroundings.
If one of the richest men in the world was born in a particular city, that doesn’t say much about the place. If one of the richest men in the world stays in his hometown, then there must be something about her. Omaha is such a city. Legendary investor Warren Buffet was born here. Despite all the billions he made and continues to make to this day, he never left Omaha. On the contrary. His legendary Berkshire Hathaway Fund is controlled from here, far from Wall Street and other financial centers in the United States. The annual shareholders’ meetings are also held in Omaha. Reason enough to take a closer look at this extraordinary place. Especially since Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, Malcolm X, Nick Nolte and Nicholas Sparks were born here.
From a transshipment point to a tourist magnet
Omaha was named after its indigenous people, the Indians from the Omaha tribe. The western settlers discovered this area for themselves relatively late. Omaha was founded in 1854 and only nine years later it was chosen as the eastern destination for the transcontinental railroad. This gave the young community an economic upturn almost immediately after it was founded. The streets and warehouses that were built to transport goods have been preserved to this day. The goods arrived on the river by steamboat and were transferred to the trains. Today the cobblestones on which all this happened looks nostalgic. “Old Market” is the name of this district to this day. Its use, however, has changed over time. When the reloading was over, wholesalers first moved in here with their goods. Today the whole neighborhood is a magnet for locals and tourists. Today boutiques, bistros and cafes await guests and customers in the Victorian-style buildings. The “Old Market” quarter should definitely not be missed.
Kind of a monument to the railroad
If you want to get closer to the good old days, when the railroad was the ultimate in transport, you can do so at the Durham Western Museum (801 S. 10th St). The exciting museum takes you back to the heyday of the Union Pacific Railroad when over 60 trains rolled into the station every day and around 10,000 people got off here every day. The Omaha train station at the time was extremely elegant. You can get a good impression of this in the Western Museum. Gold leaf borders and meter-high chandeliers testify to the public luxury of that time. A train provides an insight into how the steam locomotive works, but also into the comfortable compartments and the dining car. The whole thing is accompanied by such a real-looking acoustic background and scenic representations that the great age of the railroad really comes to life again.
Animally good: the Henry Doorley Zoo
You don’t even have to be a veteran animal lover to find Henry Doorley Zoo (3701 p. 10th St.) great. The “Lied Jungle” alone is a little sensation. A tropical rainforest has emerged here on around 6000 square meters, which is home to animals from three continents. The “Cat Complex” doesn’t have to hide either. With over 80 big cats, it is the largest of its kind in North America. 20,000 species of fish, entire penguin colony, a “reconstructed” desert with the corresponding residents – the list of what has made the zoo famous is long. But even the most beautiful list in this case does not replace the real experience, which incidentally does not even cost admission. By the way, around 40 kilometers southwest of Omaha is the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari a branch of the zoo. Here, from April to October, visitors drive along a six-kilometer road to find bison. Observe moose, antelopes and rare water birds in their natural habitat.
Better living in Omaha
The Joslyn Castle (3902 Davenport St.) shows that not only Warren Buffet earned a lot of money in Omaha. This once private home of the Scottish businessman George Joslyn is one of the most beautiful and interesting properties in town. George and his wife Sarah, who later donated the Joslyn Art Museum to the city, were certainly not friends of dreary monotony. For the house from 1902, they selected materials as diverse as marble and stained glass, wrought iron, mahogany and mosaics – to name just a few examples.
Around 100 years ago countless buffalos populated the prairies of Nebraska, today they are only found sporadically in reserves. About a quarter of the state is covered by grassy dunes called sand hills; underneath there is a large drinking water reservoir.
Today Nebraska is one of the leading agricultural producers in the USA, a country with many cattle ranches and farms, 95% of the total area of the state is used for agriculture. Hence the nickname “cornhusker state” (granary). Originally, Nebraska was a transit country. Countless columns of covered wagons moved west through the Great Plains from California, Oregon or the Mormon Trail. The wagon tracks (ruts) are so impressed on the sandstone that they can still be seen many times today. Much of the state’s highways follow the Oregon and Mormon Trails.