Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal, Snow Plow, Lawn Maintenance, Custodial Maintenance in Omaha NE – Service Omaha

Service Omaha is recognized as the leader in Lawn Care, Landscaping, Custodial Maintenance, Snow Removal and Hauling in the greater Omaha area. Whether you need knowledgeable and expert lawn service, custom designed residential or commercial landscaping, professional snow removal services, or custodial maintenance.

QUALITY LAWN SERVICES - OFFERING PROFESSIONAL LAWN CARE SOLUTIONS

Service Omaha Quality Lawn Services is a locally owned lawn care company offering Professional Lawn Care Solutions to the Omaha Area. We are simply the best in Omaha!

Our beneficial services include: fertilization, weed and insect control, grub control, aeration, aeration & over seeding and many other optional services.

We follow the State of Nebraska guidelines for Best Management Practices for lawn care as well as IPM (Integrated Pest Management). In addition, we use "Caution Label Control Products" (the least toxic on the market) as well as phosphorous free fertilizer around waterways.

Service Omaha Quality Lawn Services is Your Best Choice for Lawn Care in Omaha.

When choosing a lawn care company, there are many things to consider in order to make the best decision regarding your lawn. Lawn care companies are far from being "all the same". With Service Omaha Quality Lawn Services, you'll have the assurance that your lawn will be treated professionally with quality materials and lawn care professionals who really care about you and your lawn.

Service Omaha Quality Lawn Services utilizes state of the art equipment that assures our customers will not experience property damage but will receive the highest quality application possible.

We are Omaha`s fastest growing locally owned lawn care company. This is because we do a better job, use better products, and keep our customers satisfied. Our ability to focus on details has allowed us to grow more every year which helps our customers receive even better service and a faster response.

Our experience is why "on our side of the fence the grass REALLY is greener"!


LAWN CARE OMAHA

Need a lawn care service in Omaha? Service Omaha can help. We have been providing excellent services for over 10 years! Your landscape is the first thing that people notice as they approach your building. You want to create a clean and inviting impression. Taking care of your lawn is key, Service Omaha , provides many different services to ensure that your lawn is looking its best. Our services include:

  
  Weekly or Bi-weekly Maintenance

    Cutting and Edging

    Pruning and Trimming

    De-weeding/Weed Control

    Debris Removal

    Fertilization

    Aerating

    Power Raking

    Seeding

    Vacant Lot Cleaning

    Spring and Fall Clean Ups


 

You want your lawn to look its best at all times. Contact us to get a free estimate for your lawn care needs.

RESIDENTIAL LAWN CARE OMAHA

How many hours do you spend in your backyard, playing with your dog, barbecuing with friends or relaxing after a day’s work?  Have you considered how important curb appeal is when you sell a home?  Is there a landscaping project you’ve been dreaming about?

Whether you are interested in landscape design and installation, maintenance services, or hardscape services, we can help you create and maintain any garden you desire.

Service Omaha Lawncare’s quality, creativity and experience has enabled us to become one of the Omaha`s most experienced  residential landscape and lawn care companies since 1997.  We are entrusted to maintain the grounds of many high-profile properties.  All gardening and maintenance services are custom-designed to reflect a client’s tastes and lifestyle.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES INCLUDE:

    Design & Installation

    Plant and tree Bed Mulching

    Spring/fall clean-ups

    Weekly mowing

    Fertilization

    Shrub/tree trimming

    Hydro seeding/Over seeding

    Aerating


COMMERCIAL LAWN CARE OMAHA

Your landscape is the company’s first  image presented to the public every day – welcoming visitors, clients, tenants and employees. Service Omaha Lawncare’s highly respected professionals will enhance the beauty of your grounds with innovative landscapes.

Service Omaha Lawncare has provided exceptional services to a wide range of commercial properties for over 45 years including large corporate campuses, public schools, office parks, retail shopping centers and apartment complexes.

From design to installation and maintenance, we have a track record of completing projects on time, on budget, and ahead of schedule. Experienced, uniformed maintenance teams set the standard each day in planting, weed control, pruning, irrigation management, maintenance and repair, parking lot maintenance and fertilization.

Commercial Services Include:

    Spring-Fall clean ups

    Turf management, edging, blowing

    Sprinkler repairs-maintenance and installation

    Concrete/Asphalt repairs

    Parking lot Maintenance/sweeping

    Hydro-seeding/Over-seeding

    Tree planting, trimming and removal

    Licensed weed control programs

    Fence repairs- iron and wooden

    Landscape design and installation


OMAHA LANDSCAPING

Lawn care is the upkeep of your lawn, but what if your lawn or yard is in such bad shape that it doesn’t need upkeep, it needs an overall? Service Omaha, landscaping services are just what you need. We have been landscaping yards in Omaha for over 10 year.  Service Omaha landscaping service is a comprehensive approach to landscaping. We work with you to understand what your goals are. We design a custom landscape to meet those goals and suit the needs of the plants in the local environment. Service Omaha landscaping services include:

Landscape Design

 
   Planting

    Mulching

    Pavers/Rocks/Stones

    Hydro-Seeding

    Sodding


Is your landscape in need of an overhaul? Contact us today for a free landscaping estimate.

RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPING IN OMAHA

How many hours do you spend in your backyard, playing with your dog, barbecuing with friends or relaxing after a day’s work?  Have you considered how important curb appeal is when you sell a home?  Is there a landscaping project you’ve been dreaming about?

Whether you are interested in landscape design and installation, maintenance services, or hardscape services, we can help you create and maintain any garden you desire.

Service Omaha Lawn care’s quality, creativity and experience has enabled us to become one of the Omaha`s most experienced  residential landscape and lawn care companies since 1997.  We are entrusted to maintain the grounds of many high-profile properties.  All gardening and maintenance services are custom-designed to reflect a client’s tastes and lifestyle.

Residential Services Include:


    Design & Installation

    Plant and tree Bed Mulching

    Spring/fall clean-ups

    Weekly mowing

    Fertilization

    Shrub/tree trimming

    Hydro seeding/Over seeding

    Aerating


 

COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPING SERVICE IN OMAHA NE

Your landscape is the company’s first  image presented to the public every day – welcoming visitors, clients, tenants and employees. Service Omaha Lawncare’s highly respected professionals will enhance the beauty of your grounds with innovative landscapes.

Service Omaha Lawncare has provided exceptional services to a wide range of commercial properties for over 45 years including large corporate campuses, public schools, office parks, retail shopping centers and apartment complexes.

From design to installation and maintenance, we have a track record of completing projects on time, on budget, and ahead of schedule. Experienced, uniformed maintenance teams set the standard each day in planting, weed control, pruning, irrigation management, maintenance and repair, parking lot maintenance and fertilization.

Commercial Services Include:

    Spring-Fall clean ups

    Turf management, edging, blowing

    Sprinkler repairs-maintenance and installation

    Concrete/Asphalt repairs

    Parking lot Maintenance/sweeping

    Hydro-seeding/Over-seeding

    Tree planting, trimming and removal

    Licensed weed control programs

    Fence repairs- iron and wooden

    Landscape design and installation


TREE AND SHRUB CARE

Service Omaha provides tree and shrub care services for Omaha residents in Omaha City, Omaha County, Douglas County, in addition to portions of Council Bluffs and Bellevue.

Omaha County Tree and Shrub Care, Douglas County Landscape PlanYour ornamental trees and shrubs represent a growing investment that’s worth protecting. Our structured landscape plans include scheduled inspections and treatment to help to ensure that all of your shrubs and trees stay healthy and in peak growing condition.

There are hundreds of insects and plant diseases that can attack and infest your ornamental trees and shrubs. In order to ensure the health of your ornamentals, our trained and licensed staff will conduct an ornamental shrub and tree analysis to identify any insects or diseases that may be affecting your host plant(s). A specialized landscape plan is then designed to eliminate and control these problems before severe damage or permanent shrub and tree loss occurs.

Service Description

Service Omaha’s Basic Service Landscape Plan covers insect and mite control for ornamental trees and shrubs. You may choose any arrangement of services that best meets your plant and budget needs. Consider our dormant oil sprays during the spring and fall seasons and our Integrated Pest Management during the summer season. Our Integrated Pest Management Program strives to use a minimal amount of chemicals to achieve control of insect pests.

Covered Services

• Ornamental Trees and Shrubs: We will analyze your landscape and recommend appropriate services to achieve the best results. Our equipment is structured to work best on shrubs and trees up to 20 feet in height. If we discover a problem that we cannot remedy, we will refer you to an arborist or other specialist who has the proper equipment to better control the problem.

Exclusion

• Roses

• Ground Cover (some Ground Cover diseases can be treated, at an additional charge)

• Annuals

• Herbaceous Perennials

• Fruit Bearing Trees


Additional Services

• Deep Root Fertilization

• Preventive Fungal Disease Control on Targeted Trees and Shrubs

• Preventive Bacterial Disease Control on Targeted Ground Covers

• Anti-transpirant Sprays to Minimize Water Evaporation from Broadleaf Plants

• Tree and Shrub Root Feedings


Custom Programs Designed for the Needs of Your Property

Each landscape is different. For this reason, we offer either standard or customized landscape plans to fit virtually any property. Our system of landscape protection ranges from insect management, disease control, and dormant applications for your trees and shrubs. We combine these pest management services with properly timed and applied shrub and tree fertilization.

Expert Protection for Your Landscape Investment

We understand and appreciate the value of your landscape investment. Ornamental trees and shrubs can make a lasting impact on a landscape and deserves the utmost treatment and care. Prompt treatment and response can make all the difference when it comes to your shrub or tree’s quality of life. With the proper landscape plan initiated, we can ensure the health and beauty of your growing landscape investment.

Contact Service Omaha of Omaha for a Free Analysis at 402-715-9603 or Click Here to send us an e-mail!

 

LAWN SEEDING OMAHA

Service Omaha provides lawn care and lawn seeding services for Omaha residents in Omaha City, Omaha County, Douglas County, in addition to portions of Omaha and Dodge Counties.

Pro Lawn Plus provides lawn seeding and lawn growing expertise to Omaha residents in Dodge, Omaha, Omaha, and Douglas Counties. If you are having difficulty with your lawn growing or are frustrated with a thin and thatchy lawn, you should strongly consider late-season lawn seeding. Late summer is the ideal time to decide if your lawn needs new grass turf or lawn seeding work for the upcoming year. Careful advanced planning and follow-up of lawn seeding can make the difference in your lawn growing and determine the success or failure of your lawn seeds. This web page will give you the information you need about lawn seeding so that you may enjoy a healthy, green lawn.

Lawn Conditions That Require Lawn Seeding

A few lawn conditions that require grass seeding work include:

• Thin Lawns: Can you see the soil or thatch layer when you look down at your grass? Lawn thinness permits weeds to easily grow in the lawn and causes the grass to dry out much faster. Thin lawns need lawn seeding to grow and be healthy.

• Heavy Thatch: The thatch layer can become so heavy that the primary root system is growing more in the thatch than in the soil below. Shallow, thatch-rooted lawns are much more susceptible to drought damage.

• Poor Turf Variety: Do you want to develop a more disease-,insect-, or drought-tolerant lawn? Pro Lawn Plus’s lawn seeding experts can help. There are grass varieties that bugs, diseases, and hot weather don’t bother as much as others.

Other conditions that require new grass turf or lawn seeding work include repairing lawn drainage problems and fixing worn or rutted areas.

WHEN LAWN SEEDING WORKS BEST

Many of our customers don’t understand why late summer and fall are usually the best times for lawn seeding. The following are explanations why the lawn growing process works best at this time of year:

Omaha County Lawn Seeding, Omaha Lawn Care Services• Grass seed planted late in the season has two good growing periods (fall and spring) to “harden off” before going through the drought and heat stress often associated with summer weather.

• In the fall, most fast-growing weeds like crabgrass weeds won’t be sprouting and choking out the new grass turf’s slower-growing permanent grass.

• Soil temperatures are higher in the late summer, making it ideal for lawn growing. The increased soil warmth results in faster germination of the lawn seeds.

• Late-summer lawn seeding need not disturb the proper timing of weed control as spring seeding almost always does.

Note: New grass shouldn’t be treated for broadleaf weeds until after the fourth or fifth mowing.

PLANTING SUCCESSFUL GRASS SEED

There are many lawn seeding methods and specific lawn conditions that call for each. Below is an overview of how to properly plant seed for optimum lawn growing:

• Overseeding: the lawn seed is broadcast evenly over the lawn and is washed into the soil where it lodges and sprouts. This lawn growing technique is simple and economical.

• Aeration plus Overseeding: The big advantage of this lawn seeding method is that aeration opens the soil and provides a better germinating area for the new turf by improving seed-to-soil contact.

• Slice-Seeding (also known as Verti-Cut Seeding): For badly damaged or very thin and thatchy lawns, this lawn growing technique is an excellent way to get your lawn back on the road to health and beauty. This lawn seeding method actually plants the grass seed into the soil while helping to destroy thatch. This is accomplished with slicing blades that cut through thatch and create furrows in the soil. Small tubes drop the lawn seed into these soil furrows, and rollers close the soil back over the seed.

AFTER LAWN SEED IS PLANTED

Within the first year of lawn growing, the care given to your grass turf is crucial. The following lawn seeding pointers will ensure that your grass grows healthy and remains durable:

• Water, water, water! Frequent and light watering is ideal until the lawn seed sprouts. After this occurs, you may give your grass longer soakings.

• It is okay to mow when the grass reaches a reasonable height.

• Avoid weed controls and be sure that the new grass turf has a steady supply of lawn fertilizer to speed up establishment

Points to Remember About Late-Season Lawn Seeding

• Use high-quality, certified lawn seed to avoid planting weeds.

• Plant lawn seeds early enough to take advantage of the higher soil temperatures that encourage germination.

• Water and fertilize grass seeds to promote rapid grass establishment. Ideally, the new grass turf should be mowed three to five times during the fall in which it’s seeded.

• Avoid weed controls of any kind until the new turf has been mowed about five times. Some weeds will appear, but they can easily be controlled later.

• It takes a few years to fully establish a healthy lawn. Give your new lawn seeding extra care throughout the whole first season.

Contact Service Omaha of Omaha for a Free Analysis at 402-715-9603 or Click Here to send us an e-mail!

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HARDSCAPING OMAHA

Nothing distinguishes a home like a beautiful patio or elegant stone walkway. If you’re planning to replace slippery asphalt or repair a stone wall, or just need a special place for the backyard grill, come talk to us!

We design and install customized hardscape features, including:

    Walkways

    Patios

    Sidewalks

    Steps

    Retaining Walls


We are certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), as well as the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) for Segmented Retaining Wall Installation. These certifications demonstrate that our installers have undergone advanced training, giving you confidence that your job will be completed according to industry standard, and will last you for years to come. Remember to ask your landscaper to show you their certifications before the job begins.

 

CUSTODIAL MAINTENANCE OMAHA

(Interior and Exterior)


Service Omaha , Custodial maintenance services are to maintain the upkeep and cleanliness at your building. We perform all of the indoor and outdoor activities of an onsite building manager without the overhead. Our services are carried out by our team, not just an individual, this allows Service Omaha to service your Omaha location faster and better.

Services included in Service Omaha , Custodial maintenance service package are:

    Sweeping

    Mopping

    Vacuuming

    Window Cleaning (Ground Level)

    Carpet Cleaning

    Debris Removal

    Changing of Light Bulbs


All services are interior and exterior. Have a question about our services, please, contact us. We would be more than happy to provide you with a free estimate.

WINTER SERVICES OMAHA

Though the grass may be invisible in the winter, it’s no less important to care for your property. Tender Lawn Care provides a complete range of winter services to keep your driveway clean, safe, and attractive, without leaving damaging ruts or scars.

    Snow Plowing

    Snow Shoveling

    Snow Blowing

    Snow Bank Removal

    Sanding or Salting for Icy Conditions


SNOW REMOVAL OMAHA

We all know how bad the winters in Omaha can be, so be prepared with a plan. Service Omaha will provide you with a comprehensive plan for your snow removal. Service Omaha breaks down our snow removal pan into three simple steps…

    Identify all of the areas that will need clearing when the snow hits. Customer service should be your top priority when constructing your plan. What will impact your customer the most? Walkways, parking lots, driveways, outside stairs are all areas that will need to be cleared when the snow comes.

    Prioritize the areas that need cleaning first.

    When do these areas need to be plowed? Do you have a commercial delivery area that needs to be cleared for early morning deliveries? Do you manage a residential building that will have people leaving early for work? Maybe your place of business does not open until 9:00am so plowing can take place a little later in the morning?

All of Service Omaha snow removal plans include:

    Plowing

    Hand Shoveling

    Blowing

    De-icing

    Salt Distribution


As anyone who has lived in Omaha can tell you we are extremely vulnerable to severe winter storms. Contact us today for your free estimate.

HAULING OMAHA

What do you do when you have unwanted debris and yard refuse? In Omaha, you could get a fine for just throwing it in the trash. Service Omaha is the solution. We will happily help haul it away for you. Our new hauling service will pick up and haul away all of that unwanted yard waste.  Now you don’t have to waste a day renting a truck, loading it, driving around for hours looking for a place to dump your waste and then trying to rush back so you don’t get a late fee on your rental. Service Omaha hauling services will take care of all of it for you.

    9 yard truck.

    Remove debris, junk, and ard waste

    Rent Dumpster for 12 hours

    Haul salt, sod, snow dumpster.


Contact us for a free estimate.

WHO IS SERVICE OMAHA?

More than just Lawn Care, Landscaping, Custodial Maintenance and Snow Removal


Founders created Service Omaha, , formerly known as Omaha Household Services, , through their 10 years of Lawn Care, Landscaping, Custodial Maintenance and Snow Removal services expertise.  They grew from being an in-home business with two clients to having an offsite office where they service over 80 buildings and many individual accounts.  They truly know the importance of professionalism, perseverance, quality service, effective communication and structure.  Founders have a genuine and heart felt love for people.  They continue to give back to their community in many ways.

Giving back

Service Omaha have provided hope to struggling families in showing them that it is possible to create jobs for themselves. They volunteer at Omaha Academy, and on Earth Day created a beautification project where they showed students how to plant and design the landscape of their school.  They truly believe in showing mercy and compassion to all people who are striving to improve their life in a positive manner.

They consistently work to be an eco-friendly and fuel efficient business and to lower their carbon footprint and hopefully inspire other business to do the same. They also are working on a re-entry training program for former offenders. They would like to provide field training as well as teach and cultivate managerial skills and provide entrepreneurship courses.

WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

Service Omaha Quality Lawn Services is unique from other lawn care companies in many ways. It all starts with our comprehensive soil analysis. Some of our competitors make this claim but when discussing the soil analysis process with our potential customers they remember their vendor talking about the soil analysis but never receiving any results or having any follow up. With our service, you receive a detailed report with our recommendations of a customized program that will result in a lawn that people can only dream about. Most of our competitors don’t have the technology to perform such service, therefore, they treat all lawns with the same fertilizer when in all actuality your lawn may require specific fertilizer blends for best results.

Service Omaha Quality Lawn Services fertilizers are blended with advanced technology that utilizes better ingredients that have less potential for run off and less potential for environmental problems. Quality Lawn Services fertilizers last longer for better results and we use zero based phosphorous around waterways and in areas that warrant its use.

Last but not least, Quality Lawn Services utilizes control products for weeds, insect and grub control that are ‘Caution Label’ the least toxic on the market. Most of our competitors use danger label products which traditionally are less expensive but not very friendly to you, your pets, your lawn and the environment.

Quality Lawn Services application process is thorough, you will know we are on your property as we always knock on the door to notify you that we are starting the application, inquire if you have any questions about today’s application, won’t use equipment that will damage your yard and will provide you with a detailed explanation of what we found in your lawn such as insect or grub damage or a problem weed and how we corrected it.

5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A LANDSCAPER

Your building needs to look its best at all times. Your landscaping is key. Need a landscaper but don’t know where to start?  You know you need a good landscaper to ensure that the job is done right, but how do you know the person that you are hiring will be good? Don’t worry, we’ll let you know what you should be looking for so you can be confident you’ll hire someone that will get the job done right. Here are the five things you should look for when you are hiring a landscaper.

    Experience

    – Just like the saying goes, experience is the best teacher. If you hire an inexperienced landscaper, there is no telling what service you may receive. Experience is the key to knowing the job will be done right.

    Punctual

    – Your landscaper should show up when they say they will show up. If they are not punctual, you have to begin to question how professional they are.

    Professional

    – Anyone with a lawnmower can call themselves a landscaper, that does not mean that they are a professional. You want to make sure that the company you hire has the proper equipment, knowledge and experience to get the job done right. Are they licensed and insured. Do they have a website that you can research them? Can you see photos of past work?

    Licensed and Insured

    – Your landscaper should be licensed and insured. A licensed and insured landscaper will protect you from liability if an accident should occur during the project. Make sure you protect yourself! Hire a landscaper that is licensed and insured.

    Free Estimate

    – You should never pay for an estimate. A landscaper is there to provide you with a service. You should know exactly what you are going to receive and what you will need to pay for before any money exchanges hands.

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO FERTILIZE AND AERATE YOUR LAWN?

Most types of grass require food and water to grow strong and look great. One of the best ways to help your lawn is to fertilize. There is another process that is vital to your lawn, aerating. What is aerating? Aerating is the process by which small holes are made in the ground so air, water and nutrients can more easily reach your lawn’s roots. This helps the lawn grow stronger. When it comes to fertilizing and aerating, timing is everything.

Fertilize and Aerate In the Fall

In late September you should start the process with aerating followed by fertilizing with one application. This will help your lawn fortify for the upcoming winter, and all know how brutal the winter can be in Omaha. Continue fertilizing once again in October. Lastly, finish the process with a final fertilization in early November. The fertilizer should still penetrate to the roots due to the aeration.

Just Fertilize and Aerate on the Holidays

 

If you need an easier way to remember to fertilize once a month in the fall, try a simpler approach, fertilize on the holidays. When we say holidays, obviously we don’t mean Christmas. We’re talking about Labor Day, Halloween and before Thanksgiving. This schedule is very easy to remember and still means you get your lawn the proper nutrition when it needs it.

Other Things To Think About

Water! It cannot be said enough. Water! Make sure you water your lawn after every application. You need to keep watering in between applications as well. Your lawn needs water to survive. You cannot always rely on Mother Nature to do it for you. Remember the best time to water is in the early morning and late evening. Watering in the afternoon when the sun is at its peak can burn out your lawn.

If you are following the fall schedule, make sure you avoid the hotter weather. Heat can affect fertilizer and heat can sometimes burn out your grass. That is why we don’t recommend fertilizing in the middle of the summer.

As always, if you’re not sure what to do or how to do, give us call. We would be happy to help!

SNOW REMOVAL: DO YOU HAVE A PLAN?

If there is one certainty, it is that the weather will be uncertain. Winter is fast approaching here in Omaha and we all know how quickly snow can be dumped on the city. What do you do for your building when the snow comes? You don’t know when the snow will arrive. So, how do you make a plan for something that is uncertain? Do you have a snow removal plan for your building?

Develop a snow removal plan

The first step in your snow removal plan is to identify all of the areas that will need clearing when the snow hits. Customer service should be your top priority when constructing your plan. What will impact your customer the most? Walkways, parking lots, driveways, outside stairs are all areas that will need to be cleared when the snow comes. Next, prioritize the areas that need cleaning first. Finally, when do these areas need to be plowed? Do you have a commercial delivery area that needs to be cleared for early morning deliveries? Do you manage a residential building that will have people leaving early for work? Maybe your place of business does not open until 9:00am so plowing can take place a little later in the morning?

Get quotes from snow removal services

A good snow removal service is key to ensure that the job is done on time and right. What should you be looking for when you get quotes from a snow removal service? They are the same things that we recommend you should look for in a landscaper. When you get quotes from a snow removal service make sure that they are:

• Experienced

• Punctual

• Professional

• Licensed and Insured

• Give a Free Estimate

Have a contract for snow removal


Someone once said, “You don’t have anything if you don’t have it in writing.” Make sure you have a detailed, signed contract with you snow removal service. They should specify:

• How much it has to snow before they will remove it

• When the snow will be removed after it falls

• What areas will the snow be removed from

• How much it will cost


Again, you cannot predict the weather. You do not know when and where or how much snow will fall. However, if you follow these steps you should put yourself in a good situation no matter how bad the winter is. As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at anytime. We would be more than happy to help you with your snow removal plan.






OMAHA NE 68137 68104 68106 68122

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omaha,_Nebraska

https://www.cityofomaha.org/


 

 

Omaha (/ˈoʊməhɑː/ OH-mə-hah) is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County.[7] Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles (15 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. According to the 2010 census, Omaha's population was 408,958, making it the nation's 44th-largest city; this had increased to 446,970 as of a 2016 estimate. Including its suburbs, Omaha formed the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States in 2013, with an estimated population of 895,151 residing in eight counties. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, Nebraska-IA Combined Statistical Area is 931,667, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 estimate.[8] Nearly 1.3 million people reside within the Greater Omaha area, comprising a 50-mile (80 km) radius of Downtown Omaha, the city's center.

 

Omaha's pioneer period began in 1854, when the city was founded by speculators from neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa. The city was founded along the Missouri River, and a crossing called Lone Tree Ferry earned the city its nickname, the "Gateway to the West". Omaha introduced this new West to the world in 1898, when it played host to the World's Fair, dubbed the Trans-Mississippi Exposition. During the 19th century, Omaha's central location in the United States spurred the city to become an important national transportation hub. Throughout the rest of the 19th century, the transportation and jobbing sectors were important in the city, along with its railroads and breweries. In the 20th century, the Omaha Stockyards, once the world's largest, and its meatpacking plants gained international prominence.

 

Today, Omaha is the home to the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies: mega-conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway; one of the world's largest construction companies, Kiewit Corporation; insurance and financial firm Mutual of Omaha; and the United States' largest railroad operator, Union Pacific Corporation.[9] Berkshire Hathaway is headed by local investor Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world, according to a decade's worth of Forbes Magazine rankings, some of which have ranked him as high as No. 1.[10] Omaha is also the home to five Fortune 1000 headquarters: Green Plains Renewable Energy, TD Ameritrade, Valmont Industries, Werner Enterprises, and West Corporation. Also headquartered in Omaha are First National Bank of Omaha, the largest privately held bank in the United States; three of the nation's largest 10 architecture/engineering firms: DLR Group, HDR, Inc., and Leo A Daly;[11] the Gallup Organization, of Gallup Poll fame; and its riverfront Gallup University. Enron began in Omaha as Northern Natural Gas in 1930, before taking over a smaller Houston company in 1985 to form InterNorth, which Kenneth Lay moved permanently to Houston, in 1987.

 

The modern economy of Omaha is diverse and built on skilled knowledge jobs. In 2009, Forbes identified Omaha as the nation's number one "Best Bang-For-The Buck City" and ranked it number one on "America's Fastest-Recovering Cities" list. Tourism in Omaha benefits the city's economy greatly, with the annual College World Series and Triple Crown SlumpBuster providing important revenue and the city's Henry Doorly Zoo serving as the top attraction in Nebraska as well as being named the best zoo in the world by Trip Advisor in 2014.[12] Omaha hosted the U.S. Olympic swim trials in 2008, 2012, 2016, and will host them again in 2020.

 

Notable modern Omaha inventions include: the bobby pin and the "pink hair curler", at Omaha's Tip Top; Butter Brickle Ice Cream and the Reuben sandwich, conceived by a chef at the then-Blackstone Hotel on 36th and Farnam Streets;[13] cake mix, developed by Duncan Hines, then a division of Omaha's Nebraska Consolidated Mills, the forerunner to today's ConAgra Foods; center-pivot irrigation by the Omaha company now known as Valmont Corporation;[14] Raisin Bran, developed by Omaha's Skinner Macaroni Co.; the ski lift, in 1936, by Omaha's Union Pacific Corp;[15] the "Top 40" radio format, pioneered by Todd Storz, scion of Omaha's Storz Brewing Co., and head of Storz Broadcasting, which was the first in the U.S. to use the "Top 40" format at Omaha's KOWH Radio; and the TV dinner, developed by Omaha's Carl Swanson Co.

 

 

HISTORY OMAHA

 

Main article: History of Omaha, Nebraska

See also: History of North Omaha, Nebraska

Logan Fontenelle, an interpreter for the Omaha Tribe when it ceded the land that became the city of Omaha to the U.S. government

 

Various Native American tribes had lived in the land that became Omaha, including since the 17th century, the Omaha and Ponca, Dhegian-Siouan-language people who had originated in the lower Ohio River valley and migrated west by the early 17th century; Pawnee, Otoe, Missouri, and Ioway. The word Omaha (actually Umoⁿhoⁿ or Umaⁿhaⁿ) means "Dwellers on the bluff".

 

In 1804 the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed by the riverbanks where the city of Omaha would be built. Between July 30 and August 3, 1804, members of the expedition, including Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, met with Oto and Missouria tribal leaders at the Council Bluff at a point about 20 miles (30 km) north of present-day Omaha.[18] Immediately south of that area, Americans built several fur trading outposts in succeeding years, including Fort Lisa in 1812;[19] Fort Atkinson in 1819;[20] Cabanné's Trading Post, built in 1822, and Fontenelle's Post in 1823, in what became Bellevue.[21] There was fierce competition among fur traders until John Jacob Astor created the monopoly of the American Fur Company. The Mormons built a town called Cutler's Park in the area in 1846.[22] While it was temporary, the settlement provided the basis for further development in the future.[23]

 

Through 26 separate treaties with the United States federal government, Native American tribes in Nebraska gradually ceded the lands currently comprising the state. The treaty and cession involving the Omaha area occurred in 1854 when the Omaha Tribe ceded most of east-central Nebraska.[24] Logan Fontenelle, an interpreter for the Omaha and signatory to the 1854 treaty, played an essential role in those proceedings.

 

PIONEER OMAHA

 

Nebraska Territory, $1 City of Omaha 1857 uniface banknote. The note is signed by Jesse Lowe, in his function as first Mayor of Omaha City. It was issued as scrip in 1857 to help fund the erection of the Territorial capitol building.

 

Before it was legal to claim land in Indian Country, William D. Brown was operating the Lone Tree Ferry to bring settlers from Council Bluffs, Iowa to the area that became Omaha. Brown is generally credited as having the first vision for a city where Omaha now sits.[26] The passage of the Kansas–Nebraska Act in 1854 was presaged by the staking out of claims around the area to become Omaha by residents from neighboring Council Bluffs. On July 4, 1854, the city was informally established at a picnic on Capital Hill, current site of Omaha Central High School.[27] Soon after, the Omaha Claim Club was formed to provide vigilante justice for claim jumpers and others who infringed on the land of many of the city's founding fathers.[28] Some of this land, which now wraps around Downtown Omaha, was later used to entice Nebraska Territorial legislators to an area called Scriptown.[29] The Territorial capitol was located in Omaha, but when Nebraska became a state in 1867, the capital was relocated to Lincoln, 53 miles (85 km) south-west of Omaha.[30] The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled against numerous landowners whose violent actions were condemned in Baker v. Morton.

 

Many of Omaha's founding figures stayed at the Douglas House or the Cozzens House Hotel.[32] Dodge Street was important early in the city's early commercial history; North 24th Street and South 24th Street developed independently as business districts, as well. Early pioneers were buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery and Cedar Hill Cemetery.[33] Cedar Hill closed in the 1860s and its graves were moved to Prospect Hill, where pioneers were later joined by soldiers from Fort Omaha, African Americans and early European immigrants.[34] There are several other historical cemeteries in Omaha, historical Jewish synagogues and historical Christian churches dating from the pioneer era, as well. The city's pioneering history is celebrated at two sculpture parks, Pioneer Courage and Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness and The Transcontinental Railroad.

 

19TH CENTURY

 

The Hotel Fontenelle, formerly located in downtown Omaha.

 

The economy of Omaha boomed and busted through its early years. Omaha was a stopping point for settlers and prospectors heading west, either overland or via the Missouri River. The steamboat Bertrand sank north of Omaha on its way to the goldfields in 1865. Its massive collection of artifacts is on display at the nearby Desoto National Wildlife Refuge. The jobbing and wholesaling district brought new jobs, followed by the railroads and the stockyards.[36] Groundbreaking for the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1863, provided an essential developmental boom for the city.[37] The Union Pacific Railroad was authorized by the U.S. Congress to begin building westward railways in 1862;[38][39] in January 1866 it commenced construction out of Omaha.

 

Equally as important, the Union Stockyards were founded in 1883.[41] Within twenty years of the founding of the Union Stockyards in South Omaha, four of the five major meatpacking companies in the United States were located in Omaha. By the 1950s, half the city's workforce was employed in meatpacking and processing. Meatpacking, jobbing and railroads were responsible for most of the growth in the city from the late 19th century through the early decades of the 20th century.

 

Immigrants soon created ethnic enclaves throughout the city, including Irish in Sheelytown in South Omaha; Germans in the Near North Side, joined by the European Jews and black migrants from the South; Little Italy and Little Bohemia in South Omaha.[43] Beginning in the late 19th century, Omaha's upper class lived in posh enclaves throughout the city, including the south and north Gold Coast neighborhoods, Bemis Park, Kountze Place, Field Club and throughout Midtown Omaha. They traveled the city's sprawling park system on boulevards designed by renowned landscape architect Horace Cleveland.[44] The Omaha Horse Railway first carried passengers throughout the city, as did the later Omaha Cable Tramway Company and several similar companies. In 1888, the Omaha and Council Bluffs Railway and Bridge Company built the Douglas Street Bridge, the first pedestrian and wagon bridge between Omaha and Council Bluffs.[45] Gambling, drinking and prostitution were widespread in the 19th century, first rampant in the city's Burnt District and later in the Sporting District.[46] Controlled by Omaha's political boss Tom Dennison by 1890, criminal elements enjoyed support from Omaha's "perpetual" mayor, "Cowboy Jim" Dahlman, nicknamed for his eight terms as mayor.[47][48] Calamities such as the Great Flood of 1881 did not slow down the city's violence.[49] In 1882, the Camp Dump Strike pitted state militia against unionized strikers, drawing national attention to Omaha's labor troubles. The Governor of Nebraska had to call in U.S. Army troops from nearby Fort Omaha to protect strikebreakers for the Burlington Railroad, bringing along Gatling guns and a cannon for defense. When the event ended, one man was dead and several were wounded.[50] In 1891, a mob hanged Joe Coe, an African-American porter after he was accused of raping a white girl.[51] There were several other riots and civil unrest events in Omaha during this period as well.

 

In 1898, Omaha's leaders, under the guidance of Gurdon Wattles, held the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, touted as a celebration of agricultural and industrial growth throughout the Midwest.[52] The Indian Congress, which drew more than 500 American Indians from across the country, was held simultaneously. More than 2 million visitors attended these events, located at Kountze Park and the Omaha Driving Park in the Kountze Place neighborhood.

20th century

 

With dramatically increasing population in the 20th century, there was major civil unrest in Omaha, resulting from competition and fierce labor struggles.[54] In 1900, Omaha was the center of a national uproar over the kidnapping of Edward Cudahy, Jr., the son of a local meatpacking magnate.

 

The city's labor and management clashed in bitter strikes, racial tension escalated as blacks were hired as strikebreakers, and ethnic strife broke out.[56] A major riot by earlier immigrants in South Omaha destroyed the city's Greek Town in 1909, completely driving out the Greek population.

 

The civil rights movement in Omaha has roots that extend back to 1912, when the first chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People west of the Mississippi River was founded in the city.

 

The Omaha Easter Sunday Tornado of 1913 destroyed much of the city's African-American community, in addition to much of Midtown Omaha.

 

Six years later, in 1919, the city was caught up in the Red Summer riots when thousands of whites marched from South Omaha to the courthouse to lynch a black worker, Willy Brown, a suspect in an alleged rape of a white woman. The mob burned the Douglas County Courthouse to get the prisoner, causing more than $1,000,000 damage. They hanged and shot Will Brown, then burned his body.[60] Troops were called in from Fort Omaha to quell the riot, prevent more crowds gathering in South Omaha, and to protect the black community in North Omaha.

 

The culture of North Omaha thrived throughout the 1920s through 1950s, with several creative figures, including Tillie Olsen, Wallace Thurman, Lloyd Hunter, and Anna Mae Winburn emerging from the vibrant Near North Side.

 

Musicians created their own world in Omaha, and also joined national bands and groups that toured and appeared in the city.

The first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb, the Enola Gay was built at Offutt Air Force Base, located south of Omaha.

 

After the tumultuous Great Depression of the 1930s, Omaha rebounded with the development of Offutt Air Force Base just south of the city. The Glenn L. Martin Company operated a factory there in the 1940s that produced 521 B-29 Superfortresses, including the Enola Gay and Bockscar used in the atomic bombing of Japan in World War II.

 

The construction of Interstates 80, 480 and 680, along with the North Omaha Freeway, spurred development. There was also controversy, particularly in North Omaha, where several neighborhoods were bisected by new routes.[65] Creighton University hosted the DePorres Club, an early civil rights group whose sit-in strategies for integration of public facilities predated the national movement, starting in 1947.

 

Following the development of the Glenn L. Martin Company bomber manufacturing plant in Bellevue at the beginning of World War II, the relocation of the Strategic Air Command to the Omaha suburb in 1948 provided a major economic boost to the area.

 

From the 1950s through the 1960s, more than 40 insurance companies were headquartered in Omaha, including Woodmen of the World and Mutual of Omaha. By the late 1960s, the city rivaled, but never surpassed, the United States insurance centers of Hartford, Connecticut, New York City and Boston.

 

After surpassing Chicago in meat processing by the late 1950s, Omaha suffered the loss of 10,000 jobs as both the railroad and meatpacking industries restructured. The city struggled for decades to shift its economy as workers suffered. Poverty became more entrenched among families who remained in North Omaha.

 

In the 1960s, three major race riots along North 24th Street destroyed the Near North Side's economic base, with recovery slow for decades.[69] In 1969, Woodmen Tower was completed and became Omaha's tallest building and first major skyscraper at 478 feet (146 m), a sign of renewal.

Kiewit Tower, the location of Berkshire Hathaway's corporate offices

 

Since the 1970s, Omaha has continued expanding and growing, mostly to available land to the west. West Omaha has become home to the majority of the city's population. North and South Omaha's populations continue to be centers of new immigrants, with economic and racial diversity. In 1975 a major tornado, along with a major blizzard, caused more than $100 million in damages in 1975 dollars.

 

Downtown Omaha has since been rejuvenated in numerous ways, starting with the development of Gene Leahy Mall[71] and W. Dale Clark Library[72] in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, Omaha's fruit warehouses were converted into a shopping area called the Old Market.

 

The demolition of Jobber's Canyon in 1989 led to the creation of the ConAgra Foods campus.[73] Several nearby buildings, including the Nash Block, have been converted into condominiums. The stockyards were taken down; the only surviving building is the Livestock Exchange Building, which was converted to multi-use and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

A historic preservation movement in Omaha has led to a number of historic structures and districts being designated Omaha Landmarks or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of the push toward preservation came after Omaha gained the notorious designation of having, in 1989, demolished the largest-ever National Register historic district in the United States, a record that still stands as of 2013. The Jobbers Canyon Historic District, along the Missouri River, was felled for a new headquarters campus for ConAgra Foods, a company which threatened to relocate if Omaha did not allow them to raze the city's historic district. The Jobber's Canyon warehouses had before then been allowed to deteriorate and were the scene of several fires set by the homeless population that had come to live in the abandoned buildings. At the time, there were no plans in place for revitalizing the buildings.

 

In the 1980s and 1990s, Omaha also saw major company headquarters leave the city, including Enron, founded in the city in 1930 and taken to Houston in 1987 by the now-notorious Kenneth Lay. First Data Corporation, a large credit-card processor, also was founded in Omaha in 1969; as of 2009, its headquarters are in Atlanta.

 

Inacom, founded in Omaha in 1991, was a technology company that customized computer systems for large businesses, and was on the Fortune 500 list from 1997 until 2000, when it filed for bankruptcy. Northwestern Bell, the Bell System affiliate for Northwestern states, had its headquarters in Omaha from its founding in 1896 until it moved to Denver in 1991 as US West. Level 3 Communications, a large Tier 1 network provider, was founded in Omaha in 1985 as Kiewit Diversified Group, a division of Kiewit Corporation, a Fortune 500 construction and mining company still headquartered in Omaha; Level 3 moved to Denver in 1998. World Com was founded by a merger with Omaha's MFS Communications, started as Metropolitan Fiber Systems in 1993. MFS, backed by Kiewit Corporation CEO Walter Scott and Warren Buffett, purchased UUNET, one of the largest Internet backbones in the world, for $2 billion in 1996. The now-infamous Bernie Ebbers purchased the much larger MFS for $14.3 billion in 1997 under his World Com. He moved headquarters of the merged company from Omaha to Mississippi.

 

21ST CENTURY

 

One First National Center has been the tallest building in Omaha since 2002.

 

Around the start of the 21st century, several new downtown skyscrapers and cultural institutions were built.[79] One First National Center was completed in 2002, surpassing the Woodmen Tower as the tallest building in Omaha as well as in the state at 634 feet (193 m). The creation of the city's new North Downtown included the construction of the CenturyLink Center and the Slowdown/Film Streams development at North 14th and Webster Streets.[80] Construction of the new TD Ameritrade Park began in 2009 and was completed in 2011, also in the North Downtown area, near the CenturyLink Center. TD Ameritrade Park is now the home of the College World Series, an event tourists flock to each year.

 

New construction has occurred throughout the city since the start of the 21st century. Important retail and office developments have occurred in West Omaha such as the Village Pointe shopping center and several business parks including First National Business Park and parks for Bank of the West and C&A Industries, Inc and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and several others.[81] Downtown and Midtown Omaha have both seen the development of a significant number of condominiums in recent years.[82][83] In Midtown Omaha significant mixed-use projects are underway. The site of the former Ak-Sar-Ben arena has been redeveloped into a mixed-use development Aksarben Village. In January 2009 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska announced plans to build a new 10 story, $98 million headquarters, in the Aksarben Village, completed in Spring 2011.[84] Gordmans is also currently building their new corporate headquarters in Aksarben. The other major mixed-use development is Midtown Crossing at Turner Park. Developed by Mutual of Omaha, the development includes several condominium towers and retail businesses built around Omaha's Turner Park.

 

The Holland Performing Arts Center opened in 2005 near the Gene Leahy Mall and the Union Pacific Center opened in 2004.

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

 

There have also been several developments along the Missouri River waterfront in downtown. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge was opened to foot and bicycle traffic on September 28, 2008.[87] Started in 2003,[88] RiverFront Place Condos first phase was completed in 2006 and is fully occupied and the second phase was opened in 2011. The development along Omaha's riverfront is attributed with prompting the City of Council Bluffs to move their own riverfront development time line forward.

 

In the summers of 2008, 2012 and 2016 the United States Olympic Team swimming trials were held in Omaha, at the Qwest/Century Link Center.[90][91] The event was a highlight in the city's sports community,[92] as well as a showcase for redevelopment in the downtown area.

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