As warm weather returns, REO is gearing up its Walking Tours and will offer regularly scheduled dates for North 24th Street, South 24th Street and Vinton Street tours.

Beginning April 17, 2015, REO will offer their Deuce tour of North Omaha on the third Friday of each month at 5 p.m. through October. The Deuce is a 75-minute tour starting at Dreamland Park, one block south of 24th and Lake Streets. Architectural highlights include the Broomfield Rowhouse, the Webster Telephone Exchange (former site of the Great Plains Black History Museum), St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Omaha Star, and the Jewell Building, home of the famed Dreamland Ballroom.

The South 24th Street Tour (La Vienticuatro) will be offered regularly the first Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. starting April 2 and every third Saturday at 11 a.m. beginning April 18. The tour begins at the plaza at 24th and N Streets. Highlights include the Roseland Theater, South Omaha City Hall, International Bakery, Paxton National Bank, World of Pottery and several Mexican restaurants.

A rental store now occupies the site of the former Philips Department Store near 24th and O Streets.

A rental store now occupies the site of the former Philips Department Store near 24th and O Streets.

 

The Vinton Street Tour starts outside Louie M’s Burger Lust, near 17th and Vinton Streets. It is offered the second Friday of each month at 5 p.m. and will begin this year on April 10. Either eastbound or westbound tours are available. Highlights of the westbound tour include Southside Turner Hall, the Vasak Building, the Wiig Building, Cross Lutheran Church and El Aguila Restaurant. The eastbound tour features the Jourdan Building, the Fritz Mueller Buildings, the site of the former Rourke Park, a baseball field, and Ostronic Heights.

Groups of three or more can arrange other dates and times. The cost of each tour is $10 per person or $15 per couple. For more information visit the Walking Tours page on the REO website.

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