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Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Omaha Union Station

 
 
Omaha Union Station Lincoln Quote image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
1. Omaha Union Station Lincoln Quote
Inscription.

No other improvement...can
equal in utility the railroad.
Abraham Lincoln
March 9, 1832

Dedicated by the railways of Omaha
to the service, comfort and
convenience of the people
 
Erected 1931 by Omaha Union Terminal.
 
Location. 41° 15.093′ N, 95° 55.697′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is on 10th Street near Leavenworth Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 South 10th Street, Omaha NE 68108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Windsor Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anheuser-Busch Beer Depot 1887 (approx. mile away); Omaha Firehouse 1903-1904 (approx. mile away); Morse Coe Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Omaha Bolt, Nut and Screw Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Millard Block 1880-1881 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Skinner Macaroni Building 1914-1915 (approx. 0.4 miles away); J.P. Cooke Building 1885-1889 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Omaha.
 
More about this marker. The station is now home to the Durham Museum.
 
Regarding Omaha Union Station.
Omaha Union Station Dedication image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
2. Omaha Union Station Dedication
Description in the 1996 Omaha Rail and Commerce Historic District National Register of Historic Places Nomination:

The Union Passenger Terminal was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood of Los Angeles, CA, and completed in 1931.

The terminal is of steel frame construction on reinforced concrete piling. The exterior gives a massive appearance and is built of cream-colored, glazed terra cotta. Over the doors of the north main entrance are sculptured figures of a brakeman
and locomotive engineer; over the l0th Street entrance are figures of a civil engineer and railroad mechanic.

The Union Pacific Terminal is three stories and was constructed at a cost of $1,250,000. The main facade faces north where entrance is gained from a recently rehabilitated parking structure. The entry is recessed and surrounded by Art Deco ornamentation. To the rear of the structure is an enclosed copper stairway that once led to the tracks. The windows found on the north and south facade are cathedral-style windows of stained plate glass.

This building was constructed in the Art Deco architectural style which is extremely rare for Omaha. The Union Pacific Terminal is the best example of Art Deco style architecture in Omaha and it has been noted as one of the finest in the United States.


The Art Deco detailing is evident through the angular characteristics of
Omaha Union Station Concourse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
3. Omaha Union Station Concourse
Looking east
the ornamentation. The building was
built with strong angles and massive height. Diamonds and rectangular shapes ornament the entire building, including the exterior light fixtures. Connected to the terminal underneath the viaduct, a concrete block building was later built to be used as storage facilities. Another addition to the east of the main terminal is a heating plant with a smokestack. This addition is covered with a clay tile roof.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Durham Museum. (Submitted on September 3, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Omaha Union Passenger Station National Register Nomination. (Submitted on March 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
Omaha Union Station Ticket Windows image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
4. Omaha Union Station Ticket Windows
Omaha Union Station Soda Fountain & Smoke Shop image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
5. Omaha Union Station Soda Fountain & Smoke Shop
Omaha Union Station Ticket Window image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
6. Omaha Union Station Ticket Window
Omaha Union Station Train Board image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
7. Omaha Union Station Train Board
With trains arriving on February 15, 1937.
Omaha Union Station South Window image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
8. Omaha Union Station South Window
Omaha Union Station Art Deco Features image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
9. Omaha Union Station Art Deco Features
Omaha Union Station Art Deco Ceiling image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
10. Omaha Union Station Art Deco Ceiling
Omaha Union Station Art Deco Feature image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
11. Omaha Union Station Art Deco Feature
Durham Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 26, 2010
12. Durham Museum Marker
Nearby Former Union Station image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
13. Nearby Former Union Station
Now the Durham Museum - a must see when in Omaha!
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 930 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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