The Gateway City Trail

Historical sites in Omaha were once marked by a "Gateway City Trail" sign like that which appears above. The route included sites in Omaha, Boys Town, and Bellevue.

The map that appears at the left was distributed by the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society during the mid-1960s. As well as the thirteen numbered sites that were designated by a "Gateway City Trail" sign, the map also included descriptions and directions to numerous other historic sites in Omaha.

The descriptions of the historic sites that were highlighted in this brochure are evidence of the manner in which Omaha has grown and changed.

The descriptions that follow are those that were included on the map at the left:

1. Joslyn Art Museum - $4 million cultural center. Permanent and traveling art exhibits, midwestern lore. Entrance fee for non-members 25c for adults and children of school age. Parking on north side. Hours: 10-5 Tuesday-Saturday, 10-9 Thursday, 1-5 Sunday. Closed Monday and holidays, 8.6 miles to...

2. Mormon Cemetery - Site of Brigham Young's encampment the brutal winter of 1846 when over 600 died here. Statue of parents by open grave of child is mute tribute to these pioneers. Open daylight hours, summer. 4.1 miles to...

3. Omaha Home for Boys - "Inspiration Hill," 70-acre tract with extensive 4-H program. Home to 96 boys, 5 thru high school. Hours: 9-4 daily weekdays and Saturday morning. For tour, check at Administration Building. 2.1 miles to...

4. World War II Memorial Park - Omahan's dimes and dollars created this $500,000 memorial to our war dead. Rose garden open in season. Park and drive open year round. 7 miles to...

5. Boys Town - Incorporated village of 1000 boys, 10-18, all races and creeds. Founded 1917 by Father Flanagan. Has own U.S. Post Office and city council. Subject of two movies. Hours: 8-4, Monday-Saturday, 9-4:30 Sunday. 8.4 miles to...

6. Ak-Sar-Ben Field - Ak-Sar-Ben (Nebraska spelled backwards), civic organization of 30,000, is nationally known for its rodeo, livestock shows, horse racing (May 8-July 5), 4-H and soil conservation programs. Drive-by tour recommended. 5.3 miles to...

7. Union Stockyards - The world's largest, 100 acres in heart of meat-packing area. Over 6-million head of cattle, hogs, sheep bought and sold here each year. Over $2-million traded each market day. Open year round. 7.3 miles to...

8. S.A.C. Headquarters - 1800-acre base with 12,000 personnel in 7 Air Force installations. Underground center directs global SAC force of bombers and missiles. See Atlas Missile and control center from highway. Security prohibits tours. 4 miles to...

9. Bellevue Church - Oldest in Nebraska. Constructed 1856 by Presbyterian missionaries, now used by Episcopalian Church. Plaque in churchyard details history. Visitors requested to respect dignity of building. 3/10 mile to...

10. Bellevue Log Cabin - At 1805 Hancock. First located on Missouri River bottom land, origin and first owners unknown. Moved to present site as memorial to pioneers who founded area in early 1800s. 5.6 miles to...

11. Mount Vernon Gardens - Replica of Washington's gardens presents outstanding view of Missouri River basin from site passed by Lewis & Clark in 1804. Floral display in summer. Open year round. 1.8 miles to...

12. River Park Zoo - Lions, tigers, buffalo, elk, deer, and monkeys may be seen during daylight hours, May 1- November 15. Pending expansion will include children's zoo. 3.3 miles to...

13. Union Pacific Museum - Tells story of the Great West. Reminders of events, people, places involved in construction of the railroad. Portions of Lincoln's funeral car on display. Open 9-5, Monday-Friday.

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