In 1804, the the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed the banks of the Missouri River where Omaha would one day stand, but the city itself would not be founded for another 50 years. A crossing known as Lone Tree Ferry would eventually earn Omaha its nickname, the “Gateway to the West,” and the good people of Omaha would introduce this new West to the world in 1898, when it hosted the World’s Fair, dubbed the Trans-Mississippi Exposition.
During the 19th century, Omaha’s central location in the United States made it an important national transportation hub.
Today, Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, with nearly 1.5 million people residing within 50 miles of Downtown.
Tourists flock to Omaha for history, sports, and outdoors and cultural experiences.
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