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The Omaha Fire Dept. was organized in 1875 and began to hire professional firefighters. The only sources of water were cisterns. No city-wide water system until 1885 with the completion of the Florence waterworks.


The first electric street railway was completed in 1887. Street car lines were laid between Omaha and South Omaha.


1899 marked the year when Otto Bayesdorfer built a vehicle called the “Ottomobile”. He was the first of a dozen Omaha automakers. The Ottomobile weighed 265 pounds and reached speeds of 15 mph. It could not however climb Omaha’s steep hills.




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Building for the Ages - Jeffrey Spencer; Kristine Gerber (Produced by)
Call Number: 917.82254 Spencer
ISBN: 097454101X
Publication Date: 2003-11-01
Building for the Ages, Omaha's Architectural Landmarks takes you on a historic and visual tour of 155 of Omaha's significant residential, commercial and governmental structures built from the 1850s through the 1940s. This exceptional resource book provides each buildings history, its architect and style and the role it played in Omaha's development. Also included is a pullout map to create your own landmarks tour, a useful glossary of terms and the biographies of Omaha's prominent architects. Perfect gift for parents, grandparents and clients.



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