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Re: Old photos

Postby RNcyanide » Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:33 pm

Is that the medical arts building I see between CPP and First National?
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RNcyanide wrote:Is that the medical arts building I see between CPP and First National?


Yes, between CPP and the Old FNB tower.
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Postby Brad » Thu Nov 05, 2015 2:33 pm

This photos has been making the rounds the past few days...

Photo was taken from the Vinton Street Bridge in Omaha looking north towards the Martha street bridge

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Re: Old photos

Postby choke » Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:42 pm

The mighty 72nd and Dodge!
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Re: Old photos

Postby jessep28 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:20 pm

I never knew that there were railroad tracks near 72nd and Dodge at one point.
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jessep28 wrote:I never knew that there were railroad tracks near 72nd and Dodge at one point.



I was born that year. The only things I remember in those pictures is Wolf Brothers and Hinky Dinky. Of course, Wolf Brothers is still there and so is that sign.

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Postby Brad » Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:11 pm

jessep28 wrote:I never knew that there were railroad tracks near 72nd and Dodge at one point.


I was going to point you to this thread, but all the links are dead.

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Yes, there was a massive Grain Elevator where Lowes is now and a rail yard next to it. The tracks ran north to Irvington where they split. One line ran to Bennington and the other turned ease and basically followed the Sorenson Parkway to North Omaha. Southbound the tracks went through Aksarben and then east and met the UP by the 80/480/JFK junction.
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Re: Old photos

Postby Trips » Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:27 pm

I do not see one pothole or patched up road. The roads and sidewalks all look new. When did that change?

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Re: Old photos

Postby jessep28 » Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:45 pm

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jessep28 wrote:I never knew that there were railroad tracks near 72nd and Dodge at one point.


I was going to point you to this thread, but all the links are dead.

http://www.eomahaforums.com/viewtopic.p ... wes+Photos

Yes, there was a massive Grain Elevator where Lowes is now and a rail yard next to it. The tracks ran north to Irvington where they split. One line ran to Bennington and the other turned ease and basically followed the Sorenson Parkway to North Omaha. Southbound the tracks went through Aksarben and then east and met the UP by the 80/480/JFK junction.


I saw the grain elevator in the Peony aerial linked on page two, and figured the tracks were tied in with that. I'll have to look at the old aerial photos on Google maps or Douglas County GIS to visualize the layout. I was born in the first half of the 1980's and didn't move to Omaha until 1990 when I was young, so a lot of this stuff was before my time.
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jessep28 wrote:
Brad wrote:
jessep28 wrote:I never knew that there were railroad tracks near 72nd and Dodge at one point.


I was going to point you to this thread, but all the links are dead.

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=7323&hilit=Lowes+Photos

Yes, there was a massive Grain Elevator where Lowes is now and a rail yard next to it. The tracks ran north to Irvington where they split. One line ran to Bennington and the other turned ease and basically followed the Sorenson Parkway to North Omaha. Southbound the tracks went through Aksarben and then east and met the UP by the 80/480/JFK junction.


I saw the grain elevator in the Peony aerial linked on page two, and figured the tracks were tied in with that. I'll have to look at the old aerial photos on Google maps or Douglas County GIS to visualize the layout. I was born in the first half of the 1980's and didn't move to Omaha until 1990 when I was young, so a lot of this stuff was before my time.

It says I'm not authorized to read the forum.

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Postby choke » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:19 pm

I believe 32nd & L. Not sure who the kid is.
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Postby choke » Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:58 pm

The pool should have been saved.
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Postby GRANDPASMUCKER » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:56 pm

I swam in that pool hundreds of times in the early and mid 70's. I learned to swim like a fish in that pool after awhile. What was crazy was it only cost a quarter to get in the main gate at Peony Park and another 75 cents to get in the pool. Why anyone would waste their time going to a city pool was beyond me. Sometimes when money was tight we would go up the stairs to the skyrail and jump down over the fence so we could save the 75 cents for an ice cream cone and a couple games of pinball in the arcade. Those were the days!

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Postby choke » Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:32 pm

GRANDPASMUCKER wrote:I swam in that pool hundreds of times in the early and mid 70's. I learned to swim like a fish in that pool after awhile. What was crazy was it only cost a quarter to get in the main gate at Peony Park and another 75 cents to get in the pool. Why anyone would waste their time going to a city pool was beyond me. Sometimes when money was tight we would go up the stairs to the skyrail and jump down over the fence so we could save the 75 cents for an ice cream cone and a couple games of pinball in the arcade. Those were the days!


Plus, it had sand like a beach! Now it's a Hy-Vee. Whoop-de-doo.

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Postby Omababe » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:37 am

choke wrote:Plus, it had sand like a beach! Now it's a Hy-Vee. Whoop-de-doo.


I only got to go there a few times. It didn't seem like a swimming pool at all, it was an inland beach.

I LOVED those three fountains out in the middle!

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Postby tanman » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:24 pm

A few more old photos, more to come...
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Re: Old photos

Postby HR Paperstacks » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:29 pm

Wow, I love that second one! It's sickening to see how much density has been lost over the years.

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Postby RNcyanide » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:33 pm

Aside from the old Woodmen building, what are the other 2 or 3 brick buildings lumped together?
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Re: Old photos

Postby daveoma » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:35 pm

OH WOW!! I love the one with the old U.P. building with the WOW building behind it. I looked up this stretch of road on Google maps and found 2 interesting things:
1. 15th street doesn't go all the through anymore due to the FNBO park and
2. 15th street still curves to the west where the railroad used to be. It looks like the land is going to be a part of the Yard development.

It's so crazy to think how much things have changed. It's astounding. Thank you for posting these picutres! :thumb:

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Postby tanman » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:39 pm

There is an amazing collection of photos at landmark.cityofomaha.org. The Meyer Collection and Survey Images are packed with photos of downtown and Jobber's Canyon and lots of other pictures of the Omaha area as well. The Medical Arts building/downtown pictured here are from that collection.
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Postby tanman » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:51 pm

This is from the Omaha World Herald. January, 1966. 14th and Locust St.
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Postby Stargazer » Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:17 pm

Hotel Fontenelle looms

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Postby Midwestern » Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:44 pm

It seems like we've lost a much higher percentage of our 10+ story historic buildings than other similar cities.

Sure do wish we still had the Medical Arts building, Hotel Fontenelle, and the old WOW tower. If I could choose to bring something back, I'd rather have those three than Jobbers Canyon. But the reality is all of them are gone forever. :(

The AT&T building sure used to be beautiful!

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Postby Brad » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:24 am

tanman wrote:This is from the Omaha World Herald. January, 1966. 14th and Locust St.


Love this photo!

While not exactly the same location, reminds me of this photo I took back in 2006.

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Postby daveoma » Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:56 pm

Nice photo Brad. :D

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Postby PotatoeEatsFish » Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:12 am

Some developer please build a replica of the Fontenelle in the old market. That way it won't be demolished for the next hundred years.
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Postby GetUrban » Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:05 pm

PotatoeEatsFish wrote:Some developer please build a replica of the Fontenelle in the old market. That way it won't be demolished for the next hundred years.

I'd rather they rebuild the old WOW building in its original location and put the Fontenelle replica next to that.
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Postby Midwestern » Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:17 pm

GetUrban wrote:
PotatoeEatsFish wrote:Some developer please build a replica of the Fontenelle in the old market. That way it won't be demolished for the next hundred years.

I'd rather they rebuild the old WOW building in its original location and put the Fontenelle replica next to that.


Speaking of the WOW building's original location...

If and when the state building is torn down, would they be able to preserve the underground parking portion and then re-build something on top of that? Having underground parking is a huge plus for that location. How many underground stalls do they have, does anyone know?

Would it even be possible to do a replica of the Fontenelle's crown these days? Does anyone in this country even make stuff like that anymore?

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Postby Joe_Sovereign » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:13 pm

What is the building that was torn down on Douglas Street for the Woodmen Tower Parking Garage?

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Postby l-dude » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:41 pm

Joe_Sovereign wrote:What is the building that was torn down on Douglas Street for the Woodmen Tower Parking Garage?

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The buildings on the current site of the woodman are (east to west), The Bee Newspaper building and then west, the Omaha City Hall. The "C" shaped building just north on the same block was known as the Brandeis Theater (bldg) ...in my memory...as there was an earlier, Orpheum like (size & layout) live theater in the center of the "C", practically invisible in this view. The rest of the building had the typical office space/living units, etc, of many of the buildings of that era.

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The Golden Spike! Huber Chevrolet now occupies this site.
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Postby daveoma » Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:30 pm

Gay nineties? :what:

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Postby ricko » Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:05 am

daveoma wrote:Gay nineties? :what:


This ad was probably from the 1950's. There were likely still a few people around who remembered the 1890's as some kind of "golden era". At one time, there were names for certain decades: Gay 90's, Roaring 20's, Fabulous 50's, Swinging 60's. "Gay" had a different meaning back then. BTW, I remember getting in trouble for attending an all-night Clint Eastwood movie marathon at this drive-in around the early 70's.

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Omaha: 1960
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Is that Crossroads?

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Postby Spatial77 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:14 pm

Lewis and Clark Jr. High in the upper left, the Omaha Playhose upper center, the big grain elevator where NFM warehouse is (Mrs. B was still downtown), and "little boxes made of ticky tacky". Also, there was a drive in movie theater in the flats below Sears. My folks took us to a couple of movies there, but I usually fell asleep in the back of the station wagon.
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Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:18 am

Amazing how that area has changed.

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Postby Brad » Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:01 pm

District 66 when it was new.

That's Broadmoor drive entering in half way up the left side and it runs over to the green-space that adjoins Swanson Elementary.
You can also see Christ the King right on the right edge, so Countryside Village is just out of frame to the right.
That's south 91st circle at the bottom which makes the street with the white car 90th back when it was only 2 lanes.

Back in High-school, I accidentally had my VW bug up on two wheels raking that curve on Broadmoor. Going too fast and hit some wet leaves. Scares the |expletive| out of us!
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Postby nebugeater » Fri Jan 29, 2016 5:49 pm

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