We are happy to announce the addition of the Omaha World-Herald and related papers, including:
These papers date back to 1866 and chronicle more than 150 years of news from Omaha, Nebraska, and the surrounding area. We have added nearly a million pages from Omaha and are adding more daily, so check back often.
Omaha sits on the west bank of the Missouri River. The city was founded in 1854 after a treaty with the Omaha tribe opened the area for settlement. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln chose Omaha – Council Bluffs as the Eastern Terminus of the transcontinental railroad, bringing growth and industry to the area. At the time, the population of Omaha was about 2,000. More settlers arrived via steamboats up the Missouri River. In 1872, the first railroad bridge that crossed the Missouri River was built at Omaha. By the 1880s, the population had swelled to more than 30,000.
The Omaha World-Herald was founded in 1885 by Sen. Gilbert M. Hitchcock, who wanted to create a paper with an independent political voice. In 1889 Hitchcock purchased the Omaha Herald and merged the papers to form the Omaha World-Herald.
In 1895, some forward-thinking business leaders in Omaha noted the success of the Cotton States Exposition in Atlanta. Thousands of people visited Atlanta, bringing economic growth to the city. It sparked an idea, and business leaders wondered if Omaha might host something similar. Before long, planning was underway for the Trans-Mississippi Exposition. On June 1, 1898, the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition opened in Omaha. It was spread across 184 acres and showcased the developing West. More than two million people visited the expo during its five-month run.
As part of the Expo, some 500 Native American delegates from 35 Native American tribes attended and participated in an Indian Congress. Acclaimed Omaha photographer Frank A. Rinehart captured portraits of many tribal participants, and his collection is still highly esteemed today.
If you have ancestors from Omaha, you may find them mentioned in personal columns, marriage announcements, obituaries, and more. We found this clipping about Omaha native Warren as a 15-year-old newspaper delivery boy.
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