We are no longer offering walking tours, but click the logo above to find the best ones being offered in Omaha!
The time came for us to bid a fond farewell, and send a debt gratitude, to Vince Furlong. Vince was the founder of Omaha Urban Neighborhoods, one of the three preservation-related groups that were foundation of REO. As a volunteer, Vince led our tours for six years! He is now easing into retirement so we will no longer see him guiding visitors along the North 24th and South 24th Street sidewalks. With the retirement of Vince, we welcomed a new partnership with Nebraska Tour Company (NTC.) This locally owned business will be conducting walking tours with our historical focus and flavor. Please contact them to arrange a La Veinticuatro tour, which highlights aspects of the Omaha stockyards and the burgeoning meatpacking district during the late 19th century and its current cultural prominence as the heart of the Latino community or the Deuce Tour, which emphasizes a rich jazz scene, civil rights efforts, and Black-owned businesses on North 24th Street.
THE DEUCE (North 24th Street)
Jewish settlers began to populate the area in the 1890’s, calling the stretch between Cuming and Lake the “Miracle Mile.” For African Americans who called North Omaha home in the early 20th century, it was known as the “Street of Dreams.” 24th and Lake emerged as a bustling district of theatres, restaurants, retail shops and music clubs like the Dreamland Ballroom. Tour goers can explore the rich history of this street and experience the revitalization happening today.
LA VEINTICUATRO (South 24th Street)
The village of South Omaha, incorporated in 1886, grew to 8,000 residents by 1890. Originally settled by German, Irish and Scandanavian immigrants, the turn of the century saw Poles, Czechs and other eastern European families flood the area seeking jobs. Once known as the “Magic City,” South Omaha was heavily influenced by the formation of the Union Stockyards Company and the meat processing industry. The section of S. 24th Street between M and O was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Tour goers can learn, shop and experience life in Omaha’s “melting pot.” Want to visit on your own? Download the LinkReader app and explore!
PUBLIC TOUR: VINTON STREET
The Vinton Street Historic District, registered as a National Historic Place, is made up of 17 buildings constructed between 1890 and 1923. The street grid pattern that meets the diagonal Vinton creates irregular lots and skewed building fronts. Tour goers can explore vintage shops, restaurants and a growing number of art galleries.