Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Omaha Headquarters Building
Fort Omaha Walking Tour
Constructed in 1906, this double barracks building housed noncommissioned officers of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, which had reactivated Fort Omaha in 1905. During World War I, this building served as South Post Headquarters for the Army’s first balloon training school. In 1929 it became Staff Officers Headquarters of the Seventh Corps Area. Between 1933 and the end of World War II, the building served the dual roles of barracks and Post Commissary.
In 1947 the Army transferred command of Fort Omaha to the Navy who used it to train local Naval and Marine Corps Reservists. When a nationwide Naval Reserve Command was established in 1956, this building became headquarters for a Rear Admiral and his staff. The Admiral’s two-star flag and the bell of the cruiser USS Omaha displayed at the building’s entrance attested to the Navy’s unique presence at a former Army fort.
Currently, this building houses most of the central administrative offices at Metropolitan Community College.
Erected by Metropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas County, and Nebraska Committee for
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • War, World I • War, World II.
Location. 41° 18.41′ N, 95° 57.543′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is on South Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker is in front of Building 30, on the Metropolitan Community College Campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Omaha Hospital (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Omaha Fire Station (about 500 feet away); Ordnance Magazine (about 500 feet away); Fort Omaha Post Exchange and Gymnasium (about 500 feet away); Fort Omaha (about 600 feet away); History of Fort Omaha (about 700 feet away); Fort Omaha Guardhouse (about 800 feet away); Fort Omaha Officers Row (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Also see . . .
1. Historic Fort Omaha. (Submitted on August 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Omaha. (Submitted on August 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Metropolitan Community College. (Submitted on August 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 443 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.