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This is a history of the Florence neighborhood in North Omaha, Nebraska. It was used in a online talk on May 19, 2020 by Adam Fletcher Sasse for NorthOmahaHistory.com.

This is a history of the Florence neighborhood in North Omaha, Nebraska. It was used in a online talk on May 19, 2020 by Adam Fletcher Sasse for NorthOmahaHistory.com.

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  1. 1. A History of Florence Adam Fletcher Sasse
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  • The Town of Florence was founded in 1854, incorporated in 1856 and annexed into Omaha in 1917. Its roots were earlier though, and its identity continues today. This is a history of the neighborhood from 1854 to present.

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  • Winter Quarters was the second location of Mormons in Indian Territory during the Great Migration in 1846-47.

    Elsewhere Online
    Cutler’s Park
    Winter Quarters
  • Original 1846 Winter Quarters map. I’m looking for a higher resolution copy and any original images of Cutler’s Park.
    Elsewhere Online…
    Cutler’s Park from the Early Latter Day Saints Database
    Cutler’s Park from Historic Florence website
  • In its first decade, Florence had more than two dozen businesses, including the Florence Hotel, shown here after 1875.

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  • The Ferry Reserve was a slice of land north of Mormon Bridge between J.J. Pershing Dr. and the river where the Florence Ferry launched from. The ferry itself was a single wagon and single-car unit from the time it launched through the end of its usage in 1952. In 1849, the costs of riding the ferry were:
    Carriage Cost, 50¢
    For all four-wheeled carriages or conveyances, 50¢
    For all two-wheeled carriages or conveyances, 35¢
    Every yoke of oxen, 12¢
    All loose cattle, 1¢ each
    Sheep, 2¢ each
    Hogs, 3¢ each
    All horses, mules, or jacks, 10¢ each
    Man and horse, 25¢
    Footman, 10¢

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  • James C. Mitchell (1810-1860) was the founder of the Winter Quarters Town Company and the Town of Florence. Pictured here are Mitchell, his wife Eliza (1821-1881) and her granddaughter Florence Mitchell (1851-1867).

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  • James Monroe Parker (1824-1902) is one of the most important people in the history of Florence. His business and his farm are two of the most visible historical landmarks in Omaha today, even though only one is acknowledged for its importance. You Might Like…
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  • James M. Parker’s farm eventually became Florence Field, the Minne Lusa Historic District, the Prettiest Mile in Omaha, and the Miller Park.
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  • Florence Mill, aka Weber Mill, Mormon Mill and Grist Mill, has timbers in it dating from 1846. Built along Mill Creek where McKinley Street was, it was moved to its present-day location. Over the years was used to mill grist, flour and grain. The grain elevator was added in 1915, and it was moved to its current location in 1939. It stored feed until 1989, when Linda Meigs bought it. The mill is a historic attraction for the community, hosting events and tours year around and serving an important role in the community.

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    “Grist Mill” Timeline on Historic Florence
  • Florence Main Street (N. 30th St.) in approximately 1900. Which buildings do you recognize standing today?

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  • There have been dozens of churches serving Florence since its founding. Here are some of them. What’s missing?

    Historic Churches in Florence
    Briggs United Brethren Church, North 58th and McKinley
    Florence Christian Church, 8929 North 29th Street (1896-present)
    Florence Church of Christ
    Florence Methodist Church, 8424 North 31st Street (1857)
    Florence First Presbyterian Church, 8314 North 31st Street (1857-present)
    St. John’s German Lutheran Church, 11120 Calhoun Road (1900-present)
    Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 7301 North 28th Street (1923-present)
    St. Marks Episcopal Church, 8019 North 31st Street (1881-1964)
    St. James Episcopal Church, location unknown (1857)
    St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church, 8202 North 31st Street (1905-present)
    Winter Quarters Mormon Temple, location unknown (1846-1848)

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  • The Florence Building is located at 8702 N. 30th St. Built in 1924, it was designed by popular Omaha architect Leo A. Daly. It was served by the Florence streetcar line for more than 50 years, until it was abandoned from Potter to Fillmore Street in 1941.

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  • There are two lost lakes associated with Florence. The first was Pries Lake, located near Oakridge Drive. It existed until 1918. The second was Florence Lake on Hartman Avenue in East Omaha, which existed until 1920.

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  • The Florence Water Works were established in 1880. The Minne Lusa Pumping Station opened in 1889. In 1912, the entire operation was taken over by the government and became part of the public utility called the Metropolitan Utility District, or MUD. The site also featured a mansion for the superintendent and workers homes.

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  • Located at N. 31st and Tucker Streets, this is the third Florence School, built in 1890 and closed in 1963.

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  • These are two notable Florence houses, one existent and the other gone. What other homes would you add to this list?

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  • Original span opened in 1952; second span was finished in 1975. The tollbooth building sits on Willis today.


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  • The former second Florence Masonic Temple is located at 8223 North 30th Street. They started meeting in 1913 and today they meet in Benson.

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  • Notre Dame Academy opened in 1926 at 3501 State Street. It was a girls’ high school until 1974, when it merged with Rummel High School and became Roncalli High School.

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  • Here are some of the historical sites located throughout Florence.

    Florence Historical Tour
    Florence Mill, 9102 N 30th St
    Florence Depot, 9000 N 30th St
    Zesto’s, 8608 N 30th St
    Bank of Florence, 8502 N 30th ST
    Mormon Bridge, crossing the Missouri River on I-680
    Mormon Bridge Tollhouse, 3010 Willit St
    Florence Masonic Temple, 8223 N 30th St
    Florence Building, 8702 N 30th St
    Price Building, 8607 N 30th St
    St. Philip Neri Church, 8200 N 30th St
    St. Philip Neri School, (original site) 8206 N 31st St
    Florence Home, 7915 N 30th St
    Florence School, 7902 N 36th St
    Florence Firehouse, 8415 N 29th St
    Keirle House, 3017 Mormon St
    Mormon Trail / Winter Quarters Visitors Center, 8283 N 34th Street
    Notre Dame Academy and Convent, 3501 State St
    Potter’s Field, 5000 Young St
    Forest Lawn Cemetery, 7909 Mormon Bridge Rd
    Florence Water Works, J. J. Pershing Dr
    Florence Home for the Elderly, 7915 N 30 St
    J. S. Paul Building, 8601 N 30 St
    Mormon Pioneer Cemetery and Statue, 3301 State St
    Price Building, 8607 1/2 N 30 St
    Price House, 3119 Clay St
    Florence Town Square, aka Florence Park, 3105 State St
    River Drive, from Florence Blvd to Ponca Rd
    Wright House, 7623 N 31st St
    North Market Square, aka Filmore Park, N 29th and Bondesson St
    South Market Square, aka houses, N 29th and King St
    Mormon Reserve, underneath the Mormon Bridge between J.J. Pershing Dr and the river
    Ferry Reserve, north of Mormon Bridge between J.J. Pershing Dr and the river
    J. J. Pershing Memorial Monument, near 8200 J.J. Pershing Dr
    Pries Lake, near Oak Ridge Dr and J.J. Pershing Dr
    Joyo Theatre, N. 30th and Tucker St
    Florence History Garden, 8515 N 30th St
    JJ Pershing Memorial, 8200 J.J. Pershing Dr
    Site of Cutler’s Park, Young St and Mormon Bridge Rd
    Oldest House in Omaha (b1859), 8621 N 31st St

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  • This slideshow was a history of the neighborhood from 1854 to present. Following are articles related to Florence on NorthOmahaHistory.com.

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