Dear Friends,

Thank you for taking the time to visit

This independently maintained resource for Omaha history began in April 1999 with a few pictures of the Trans-Mississippi exposition, which was held in Omaha in 1898. During the past few years, many pictures and considerable written history has been added to this site.

When asked about my motivation for creating this site, I am reminded of my family's history in the Omaha area, as well as the many people who have visited It is through your visits that I am able to share the sights and stories of Omaha's history. I also appreciate all of the notes that I have received and hope that you will continue to write when you return to this site.

My Great-Grandfather Peterson first arrived in Omaha in 1864 to work on the construction of the transcontinental railroad. Later in life, he lived on Miami Street with his family. He also built two homes on Bristol Street in Omaha. My father and his brother spent their early days at the Bristol Street homes.

My Grandfather Peterson graduated from eighth grade at Omaha View School. He continued the family tradition as he worked as a machinist at the Union Pacific Shops, located in downtown Omaha.

My Grandfather Gruhn first arrived in Omaha with his wife and three children in 1919. He also worked at the Union Pacific Shops. He was a prominent Omaha square dance caller for many years.

While visiting, I hope that you have found something interesting, learned something new or just enjoyed looking around. Thanks again for visiting.

Jess Peterson

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