Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Omaha Union Station
No other improvement...can
equal in utility the railroad.
March 9, 1832
Dedicated by the railways of Omaha
to the service, comfort and
convenience of the people
Erected 1931 by Omaha Union Terminal.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 South 10th Street, Omaha NE 68108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. ¼ mile away); Omaha Firehouse 1903-1904 (approx. ¼ 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 Skinner Macaroni Building 1914-1915 (approx. 0.4 miles away); J.P. Cooke Building 1885-1889 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
More about this marker. The station is now home to the Durham Museum.
Regarding Omaha Union Station. 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
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 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,046 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on September 3, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.