OMAHA MOVING COMPANY
YOUR OMAHA, NE MOVERS WANT TO MOVE YOU TODAY!
Service Omaha is the best local moving company in Omaha NE. Our services also include storage, packing and more for residential & commercial moves. We're a professional local Omaha. NE moving and hauling company created to move more than just your boxes. We'll move you with our hard work and genuine smiles.
YOUR LOCAL MOVING COMPANY IN OMAHA, NE
Service Omaha 402-486-3717 is a leading Omaha moving company that takes the stress out of moving. As Omaha`s favorite movers, Service Omaha 402-486-3717 is a full-service moving company that does it all. From packing to moving to unpacking, our crews will make your transition from one place to another a smooth one. In fact, on moving day, we'll even bring the coffee!
Don't Call Your Friends. Call Our Omaha NE Movers.
When it comes to moving, we're your friendly experts. When you call us, we won't be too busy and we certainly won't expect pizza! So, let your friends enjoy their day off and count on us to problem solve and ensure that your stuff gets from point A to point B with no hassles.
Service Omaha 402-486-3717 is on a mission to move you—not just your boxes. We feature up-front rates and trained moving professionals. We believe in detail-oriented workmanship paired with service efficiency. We keep our trucks—and, heck, even our uniforms—immaculately cleaned because we think our customers deserve the best.
Kick Back. We'll Do the Packing
Service Omaha 402-486-3717 features premier packing services. We know that packing can be tedious, but an expert packing job will safeguard your possessions and make the unpacking process run more smoothly too. We will help you pack up your home at your discretion. We can pack up a single room, a single item, or the entire enchilada. It's your call. When you contract for our wardrobe service, we'll even pack up all the clothes in your closet. This means you can take less time off from work, spend more time with your kids, or even take time to shop for items for your new digs.
Of course, if you're a do-it-yourselfer, we understand that too. We're happy to provide you with all the packing supplies you need like boxes, tape, and bubble wrap. In addition, we even provide unpacking services so you can get back to living your life after the move as quickly as possible.
SERVICE OMAHA 402-486-3717: OMAHA'S PREMIER MOVERS
Service Omaha 402-486-3717 offers services throughout Omaha and surrounding areas. We also offer service to Lincoln and other Nebraska cities like Bellevue, Blair, Plattsmouth, Papillion, Gretna, Bennington, Council Bluffs, and many more.
Contact us to schedule your move and to find out more about our customized moving services. Our rates are extremely competitive, but our service is unrivaled.
The fact is, if you hate moving, you'll really love us! We look forward to helping make your move a breeze. Be sure to check out our customer reviews.
RESIDENTIAL MOVERS IN OMAHA NE
Unbeatable prices and unparalleled service is what makes our residential moving service so popular.
Omaha Residential Moving Service
In and around Omaha Nebraska, countless households and businesses trust the professional movers of Service Omaha 402-486-3717 to provide residential and commercial moving that is safe, effective, and time-sensitive. As a local moving company, Service Omaha 402-486-3717 offers unmatched service at prices your family or business can afford.
OMAHA RESIDENTIAL MOVING SERVICES
When it comes to residential moving services in Omaha, our reputation precedes us. Many local real estate agents recommend Service Omaha 402-486-3717 Movers to their clients because they know our high standards of care and our commitment to customer service. Much of our new business comes by word-of-mouth advertising.
We are Omaha`s preferred residential moving service for one important reason: we take great care of our customers and their belongings. Every one of our 150 team members is full-time (no temporary or casual help), and all our movers receive stringent, ongoing training at our on-site training facility. Whether we’re moving students or young professionals from one apartment to another, or whether we’re moving a large family to a home in the suburbs, we approach each move with the same standard of excellence, and we treat your belongings as if they were our own.
Service Omaha 402-486-3717 doesn’t just show up at the door on moving day: we offer a wide range of extra services to those who need it, whether it’s packing your dishes or storing your extra furniture in our secure on-site storage facility. When you call us, we’ll pair you with a professional moving coordinator who will listen to your specific needs and provide a fair, fixed quote for the move, so you’ll have no hidden fees or unwanted surprises on moving day. The price we quote is the price you pay!
Whether you’re moving across down or across the country, our residential moving services are second to none, which is why we are trusted by real estate agents and satisfied customers all over Omaha. For a free, on-site estimate for your next residential move, call Service Omaha 402-486-3717.
HOME MOVING SERVICE OMAHA
Moving an entire household can seem like a daunting task, but with the help of our reputable and reliable household movers, you can have peace of mind knowing you’re getting the red carpet treatment. Service Omaha 402-486-3717 is a premier provider of luxury household moving services at cost-effective and competitive prices. We feature signature, concierge, and a la carte services that can be customized to fit any sized household’s needs and budget. Each mover is trained with customer support experience so you’ll have a stress-free, courteous, and client-oriented moving experience that guarantees your satisfaction. Whether you’re moving near or far, depend on the dedicated household movers who have completed over 10,000 successful moves and have over 50 years of industry experience.
HOUSEHOLD MOVING COMPANY IN OMAHA NE
From a small household of two to a household of five, no matter the size or complexity of your relocation, you can depend on the experience and expertise of our highly trained moving crew. Our household moving company strives to be the ultimate provider of hassle-free moving services by offering a variety of moving services you can pick and choose to create your own unique moving plan. We understand that needs vary across families, so that’s why we provide you with a truly custom experience. From start to finish, you’ll have the attentive services of your very own move coordinator to help you navigate the moving process. Learn more about the benefits and services offered with Service Omaha 402-486-3717:
Training & Uniformed Professionals
Fully Licensed, Insured, & Bonded service
No Hidden Fees or Charges
Packing & Unpacking
Clean Trucks & New Moving Equipment
Scheduling for your Convenience
A+ BBB Accreditation
A La Carte, Concierge, and 3rd Party Services
For household moving services that are streamlined, efficient, and affordable, choose the A+ BBB accredited moving solutions from Service Omaha 402-486-3717. Our luxury movers believe in a “service before sales” mentality, giving you the top-notch and cutting edge moving solutions you require first and foremost. This means you won’t pay a penny more for services you don’t need. If you’re ready to learn more about our premier household moving company, call Service Omaha 402-486-3717 to speak with a friendly representative or schedule your free moving estimate by filling out our online form today!
IN HOUSE FURNITURE ARRANGEMENT – OMAHA NE
In-House Moving Helpers, Inhouse Movers
Have you heard of Local Movers offering Full Service Office and Home Furniture Rearranging? Service Omaha Movers offers great flexibility on In-House moves - Same day, Short notice service and even late night when our teams are available. Hire movers to move your Furniture in the house. We are Bonded, Licensed and Insured In-house movers. In House Moving We will arrange your furniture following your exact directions. Our In-House Moving Helpers are patient and will make furniture rearrangement as you want it. Whether it is business or home re-decorating, with Service Omaha Movers's professional touch, we can help you bring the desired joy and relaxation leisure. No matter if you request in-house moving in Omaha or Council Bluffs, we are nationwide, do not hesitate to contact us and do the rearrangement for you.
Omaha Appliance Movers
Professional Appliance Movers in Omaha
Our goal at Service Omaha Movers is to satisfy our customers needs with providing high quality moving services. Our appliance movers are specially trained to ensure that every move is handled in the best way possible. We understand that moving is a stressful situation with almost any move no matter if is only a single appliance item or a full size move. Appliance Movers You can trust us with the furniture and appliance delivery to your home or office. Just fill the Free Moving Quote above and select Partial Move for a fast and easy cost calculation. We work closely with every customer to provide efficiency to a successful move. That is why we are the preferred appliance Movers. Our moving offices are all around the country and can handle every aspect of your appliance move. Because we are FULLY Licensed and Insured Appliance Movers, you don't need to worry about you belongings. We will handle your move fast and safe, guaranteed!
OMAHA NE APARTMENT MOVING SERVICE
OMAHA APARTMENT MOVERS - APARTMENT MOVING
Getting ready to move out of your old place and settle into a new apartment? Moving into a new home is an exciting time in your life. Don’t let the details of moving deter you from taking the leap—enlist the services of a professional moving company to take away all of your moving worries and make the whole process simple. Service Omaha 402-486-3717 is an apartment moving specialist that provides moving services to residents of Omaha and the greater North Texas area. And we hope to make your next move easier than it’s ever been.
Why choose Service Omaha 402-486-3717?
Service Omaha 402-486-3717 has been serving the Omaha Council Bluffs area for over fifteen years. Given our experience, we know the area and we know what our clients need to have a successful move. We have been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award for our excellent moving services for five years running – 2009 through 2013. In addition, we’ve been accredited by the Better Business Bureau and given an A rating for our Apartment Moving Services.
What services do we offer?
Service Omaha 402-486-3717 is a full movıng services provider. We can help you from the beginning of the moving process all the way to the end. We can pack all of your belongings or, if you prefer to do it, provide you with all of the details and instructions you will need to safeguard your items yourself. If any of your furniture needs to be dismantled, we can take care of that too. We can also help you clean your apartment once everything has been moved out, making sure you get that deposit back in full.
Once all of your belongings are ready to go, Service Omaha 402-486-3717’s Apartment Movers can bring everything over to your new home in one of our vehicles, or we can help you pack your own. If needed, we can also clean out your new apartment before you arrive to make sure it is ready for you to move in. If you need to move some of your items into storage, we can bring whatever you need to your personal storage unit or organize for an affiliate storage provider.
Throughout both the move-in and the move-out processes we are happy to work closely with you to meet whatever your individual needs maybe. Our Apartment Movers and drivers will communicate with you throughout the process, allowing you to easily plan your own schedule. We are here to make your moving as easy as possible.
Are Service Omaha 402-486-3717’s Apartment Movers affordable?
Because our first priority is serving our clients, we strive to make our services both high quality and affordable. All of our services are available individually or as part of a package, allowing you to choose exactly which services you need so that you have significant control over the final price. We never hide any of our fees and guarantee that whatever price we discuss before the move will be the total price you pay. We are so confident in our prices and our services that we are happy to offer our customers a 10% discount on any reputable local competitor’s pricing if it is found to be less than our own. In addition, we can even offer you a discount if you do not minding moving at off-peak times. We know that our apartment moving services are the best and we want you to feel the same.
With Great Reviews, a well trained staff and skilled moving crews, you can trust our Apartment Movers to get the job done. Call Service Omaha 402-486-3717 for a Free Apartment Moving Quote.
For over 15 years, Service Omaha 402-486-3717 has been serving Omaha and the greater Omaha Council Bluffs area. Our well trained crews are radio dispatched and can make your next Apartment Move easy. So whether you have a single bedroom apartment or multiple rooms, we are your go to Apartment Mover. Ask about special starting times!
Call Service Omaha 402-486-3717 today for a free Omaha Apartment Moving Quote – and don’t forget to ask about our packing service. Need storage options? We can also move your items to storage and have relationships with several storage facilities.
COMMERCIAL MOVERS OMAHA
Need your office or business packed up and moved? Our commercial moving service is fast and efficient.
COMMERCIAL MOVING SERVICES IN OMAHA NEBRASKA
The major benefit of using our commercial moving company is that you can focus on moving your business forward while we take care of the gritty physical work. Call Service Omaha 402-486-3717 to learn more about the commercial moving services we offer.
As a professional commercial moving company, Service Omaha 402-486-3717 goes above and beyond the call of action to ensure your business move is seamless from start to finish. Each and every member of our relocation team undergoes extensive training to learn and understand the proper techniques for moving your most sensitive equipment. No matter whether your business is moving locally within Omaha, long distance or even out of the country, our commercial moving experts can offer you the services you require.
OMAHA’S BUSINESS MOVING COMPANY
When you are moving your business, it is important to consider the hidden costs of post-move downtime and transitioning into a new office space. Our moving specialists will work with you to understand your needs, schedule and budget and devise a move plan that minimizes your moving costs and moving interlude. We offer a variety of specialized relocation services as well to ensure the safe transport of your sensitive equipment.
Additionally, we can provide corporate relocation services as part of an office move or as a standalone service. Your personal move consultant will be your single point-of-contact throughout the moving process to ensure that every step of the move is performed according to your specifications. Every move is complete and comprehensive when you work with our team of exceptional movers, packers and drivers.
COMMERCIAL MOVING SERVICES FOR OMAHA BUSINESSES
Service Omaha 402-486-3717 provides multiple types of commercial moving services, including:
Office Moving: Our business movers have performed office relocations for business of every industry type and size, within and outside of Omaha.
Corporate Relocation: Our moving experts understand the stress that a corporate relocation places on both you and your employees. We work quickly and diligently to ensure the moving process is simple and hassle-free.
Specialized Moves: Our movers are experienced with packing and shipping computer and IT equipment, Lab and medical machines, trade show booths and more.
Whether you are in need of office moving, equipment moving or corporate relocation, Service Omaha 402-486-3717 has the relocation capabilities. Call us today to speak with one of our friendly moving specialists or fill out our online quote form to begin your move!
OMAHA PACKING SERVICES
Let the pros pack you up! We do this every day and have the packing supplies for your belongings.
MOVERS AND PACKERS SERVICES
If you Don’t Want to Pack, Just Let Our Movers and Packers Take Care of It
Sometimes packing can be more stressful than the move itself. While some might be comfortable with taking care of everything on their own, we realize that others might need some packing help. If that's the case for you, we can step in and take care of it. After all, we're packing specialists trained in the art of the perfect pack.
We offer a variety of add-on packing services to suit your needs. Take a look at our packing services and decide which one is right for you. Call us Service Omaha 402-486-3717 for prices.
Our Available Packing Service Packages:
Choose which level of packing help you need. There’s an add-on package for everyone! If you’re not sure which package you need, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you choose the right service.
The Full Pack
This add-on package is for those who really hate packing. You won’t have to do a thing! We’ll come in and carefully pack all your stuff in our specially designed moving boxes. We've got everything covered – boxes, tape, paper, etc. Then if you like, we'll unpack it all in your new home too. Just relax and enjoy your coffee. Best moving day ever!
The Kitchen Pack
Out of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen always seems to have the most stuff. Does figuring out just how to pack up all those dishes, pots, pans, and little accessories just seem like too much work? Let us do it for you! The kitchen is the most requested add-on packing service we offer. We'll pack everything in your kitchen, except for the sink. Your breakables are always safe with us.
Single Item Pack
So you’ve got most of the packing covered, but there are a couple of awkward items you just aren’t sure what to do with, or have a room you’re not sure how to tackle. This is the add-on packing service for you. All you have to do is tell us what you want packed. We bring the boxes you’ll need, and help you pack just those items or rooms. Simple as that.
Remember Our Free Wardrobe Packing Service!
Whichever level of packing help you choose, you’ll never have to worry about those closets! Leave your wardrobe to us. In one quick swoop we'll go through each room and collect all your hanging items, neatly pack them in our convenient wardrobe boxes and safely hang them in your new home. This service is a great time saver. It’s just one of the many ways we’ll move you!
No Other Packing and Moving Company Does It Like You Move Me
Our mission says it all—we want to move you, not just your boxes. We’re here to do whatever it takes to make your moving day less stressful. Whether it’s packing up your entire home for you, or just packing up a few small items, we’re ready to help. If you hate moving, you’ll really love us!
Remember, if you decide to do some (or all) of the packing yourself, we also sell boxes and moving supplies. Just give us a call and let us know what you need. When you move with us, it’s almost fun!
MOVING LABOR SERVICES OMAHA NE
Need a hand? We'll help with unloading and loading your rental truck, pod, containers, or just moving stuff around your house.
Moving Labor Services in Omaha, NE
Whether you're in need of an extra hand or a full team of able-bodied laborers for your next move, look no further than Service Omaha 402-486-3717 Moving Services for your staffing requirements. We understand how important it is to find laborers who are reliable, and so we've established our company as a source of trustworthy workers for those in need throughout Omaha, NE.
We'll Do the Heavy Lifting
Moving can be grueling. If you've ever struggled under heavy furniture or heaping boxes without adequate help, then you understand just how important it is to have enough hands on a job. If you haven't, then take it from us it's always better to have the help. At Service Omaha 402-486-3717 Moving Services, we're committed to providing every customer with professional and courteous laborers who are organized and goal-oriented.
Don't struggle through an understaffed move in Omaha, NE when we have the resources on hand to turn an otherwise stressful endeavor into a virtual piece of cake. Call Service Omaha 402-486-3717 Moving Services today for more information.
LOADING UNLOADING SERVICES OMAHA
Feeling a little DIY? If you plan on renting a truck or trailer and driving it yourself, you can still leave the heavy lifting to Service Omaha 402-486-3717. We put the same care and expertise into loading or unloading your rental as we do with all of our moves. Fill out a free quote form and let us know how we can help you!
Our crew even has a few tips to make your rental and moving process go as smoothly as possible:
Preparation & Loading
Like you would any service provider, get quotes from a few different rental truck companies. You could be pleasantly surprised and save a little money!
If you’re not sure what size truck you’ll need, just ask your Service Omaha 402-486-3717 salesperson and we’ll help you calculate how to accommodate all your belongings safely. We do this every day, after all!
Be sure to rent your truck or trailer well in advance, especially during the busy summer months, and have it on site before your movers are scheduled to begin loading. It’s also essential that you purchase or rent moving pads to protect your items. We can help you figure out how many you need, just ask your Service Omaha 402-486-3717 salesperson.
Check your insurance policies to make sure your rental vehicle is covered. If it’s not included in your auto policy, purchase coverage from your rental provider.
DRIVING SERVICES OMAHA
Avoid tricky situations where you must back up your rental vehicle, especially if you are towing a trailer. If you need to put it in reverse, ask someone to spot you.
When driving a rental truck, remember it’s much taller than what you’re used to! Watch out for tall trees and don’t take it through the drive-through.
UNLOADING HELP OMAHA
If Service Omaha 402-486-3717 are not loading your items into the truck, be sure whoever handles this part of the process uses moving pads to protect every item and straps everything in safely.
When calculating your arrival, allow for more time than you would a regular vehicle. Be sure to have your keys to the new place before Service Omaha 402-486-3717 are scheduled to start unloading.
OMAHA FLAT RATE, EXPERIENCED MOVERS
There are no hidden fees, just a flat rate and great service from serious professionals with more than 25 years of combined experience. Contact us today for an estimate on any level of service, and leave the heavy lifting to us. See what people are saying about our moving service.
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BEST MOVING COMPANY IN OMAHA NE
JUNK REMOVAL OMAHA
SERVICE OMAHA 402-486-3717 is a locally owned and operated, full service trash and junk removal company that services Omaha and surrounding areas. We are experts in junk and trash removal! This means you save time and money by calling us. If you already have some estimates for removal of junk, we will beat your lowest estimate by 10%.
We are your go-to company for junk pick-up and hauling of just about anything you want removed. If you have a lot of unwanted junk items, the team from SERVICE OMAHA 402-486-3717 can help you with your clean up. You’ll love our low prices and award winning service.
We service homes and businesses and can complete your junk pick-up quickly so you can enjoy some extra space. Some of the services we offer include garage clean outs, appliance removal, furniture removal, our trash hauling service and hot tub removal. We bring all the required equipment and are committed to your satisfaction. Heavy items are no match for the SERVICE OMAHA 402-486-3717 Crew. Don’t risk injury by trying to move those heavy bulky items yourself. Call us instead. We can get your junk removed safely and quickly, usually the same day.
We have dedicated crew members that answer the phone when you call. If they are talking to another client, and you leave a message with us, you will receive a call back as soon as possible. We are dedicated to your satisfaction before, during and after the service call.
We believe estimating shouldn’t be a hassle. We provide an estimate over-the-phone by simply asking you a few questions. Additionally, you can send us pictures of the items by email or text message. We have many years of estimating experience. Call today for your free estimate.
JUNK PICK UP OMAHA
Scheduling is easy with SERVICE OMAHA 402-486-3717. Simply enter your project details through our website or call our dedicated crew members to schedule a time that works best for you. We don’t waste your time with appointment windows. We give you an exact time to expect us. Additionally, our crew will call you 30 minutes or so before the appointment to keep you updated.
The SERVICE OMAHA 402-486-3717 Crew remains unmatched in customer service and pricing. Call today for your free over-the-phone estimate.
Cheap, fast and reliable… Guaranteed.
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Junk Removal Services
There are many removal options for you to choose from. Don’t be taken for ride by our so-called competitors. Find out how we’re different and why we’re the best.
Free Junk Removal
If you have valuable metals such as tin, aluminum, stainless steel, brass or copper and need it gone we can estimate a value for you and provide a free junk pick up estimate for their removal.
Junk Pick Up
When shopping around for junk removal there are a few things you should know that can make the process a lot easier and that can save you a lot of money. Before scheduling your next junk pick up, be sure to read this first.
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Why you should consider hiring a Moving Company instead of DIY New job in the big city?
Promotion across the country? Starting up your dream business out-of-state? Everybody moves eventually. And while leaving college may have been easy with a backseat full of garbage bags (stuffed with all of your worldly goods) many household moves are simply too big and complex to try to carry out on your own. Moving companies Omaha fill an important niche. They do a really unpleasant job that most people really don't want to do. While your new city may hold endless potential for adventure and discovery the actual process of moving involves lifting heavy stuff up and down stairs, getting really sweaty, and discovering just how dedicated your closest friends really are. Moving companies aren't always the solution, but if you've never used one before, they will undoubtedly save you so much hassle and stress, you'll wonder why you ever did it yourself. Here are some pros to hiring a moving service. Pro:
No heavy lifting - Can't figure out how to get your couch through that narrow doorway, down the four flights of stairs and into a truck? You can worry about other things when you hire a moving company. Even if you're pretty physically fit moving can do a number to your back if you aren't used to proper positioning to carry heavy items.
No Packing - For an extra fee many movers will pack up your house and apartment. Simply set them to work and they will box up everything, room by room, and you can focus on your new job, new school or whatever other challenges await you at your destination.
No having to drive a moving truck or trailer - If you seldom drive or are used to a commute in a sub-compact car, the idea of driving a rented moving truck or trailer can be a bit intimidating. Add to the fact that said truck is filled with all of your prized possessions and the stress factor can really weigh you down. If you are planning a move across multiple states then driving a moving truck can be time consuming, costly and stressful.
Professionals - Moving companies hire professionals (at least this moving company does). We do this day in and day out and we are pros at packing and transporting your belongings in most efficient and safest way possible. Think about that heavy, odd shaped desk. How long will it take you to disassemble? Get through that caddy corner doorway? How about the grandfather clock or Oak dresser you inherited from a relative? Getting your stuff to your new home is our top priority, and we have all the tools and tricks to get it done affordably and hassle free for you!
OMAHA MOVING COMPANIES
Moving is exciting and often marks a new milestone in our lives. But, poor planning or underestimating the time and effort it takes to get the job done can make for an exhOmahag and frustrating experience. Turn to Service Omaha 402-486-3717 in Omaha, Nebraska, for proven packing services and moving services.
Whether you’re moving around the corner, across the country, or overseas; your business needs a new location; or you’re simply looking to de-clutter your home or office, trust our our licensed and insured, professional movers. Our local, long-distance, and international moving service moves: Residential Households | Corporate Entities | Art & Antiques | Pianos
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Omaha (/ˈoʊməhɑː/ OH-mə-hah) is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. 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. 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. 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. 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; 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. 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; 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; Raisin Bran, developed by Omaha's Skinner Macaroni Co.; the ski lift, in 1936, by Omaha's Union Pacific Corp; 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.
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. Immediately south of that area, Americans built several fur trading outposts in succeeding years, including Fort Lisa in 1812; Fort Atkinson in 1819; Cabanné's Trading Post, built in 1822, and Fontenelle's Post in 1823, in what became Bellevue. 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. While it was temporary, the settlement provided the basis for further development in the future.
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. Logan Fontenelle, an interpreter for the Omaha and signatory to the 1854 treaty, played an essential role in those proceedings.
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. 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. 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. Some of this land, which now wraps around Downtown Omaha, was later used to entice Nebraska Territorial legislators to an area called Scriptown. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. Groundbreaking for the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1863, provided an essential developmental boom for the city. The Union Pacific Railroad was authorized by the U.S. Congress to begin building westward railways in 1862; in January 1866 it commenced construction out of Omaha.
Equally as important, the Union Stockyards were founded in 1883. 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. 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. 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. Gambling, drinking and prostitution were widespread in the 19th century, first rampant in the city's Burnt District and later in the Sporting District. 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. Calamities such as the Great Flood of 1881 did not slow down the city's violence. 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. In 1891, a mob hanged Joe Coe, an African-American porter after he was accused of raping a white girl. 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. 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.
With dramatically increasing population in the 20th century, there was major civil unrest in Omaha, resulting from competition and fierce labor struggles. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 and W. Dale Clark Library 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. Downtown and Midtown Omaha have both seen the development of a significant number of condominiums in recent years. 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. 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. Started in 2003, 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. The event was a highlight in the city's sports community, as well as a showcase for redevelopment in the downtown area.