Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
James G. Megeath
1824 - 1906
Born in Virginia in 1824, James Megeath was the eldest of 10 children. By age 20, he had become a cattle and sheep trader. Struck by gold fever, he went to Calaveras County, California, in 1851, operating a general merchantise store for three years. Enroute back to Virginia in 1854, he visited Omaha and saw its potential for the future. By 1857, he was operating a general merchandise store in Omaha with his brother, Samuel, and his brother-in-law, W. S. Richards, becoming sole owner by 1867. The right man in the right place at the right time, he capitalized on the nascent Union Pacific Railroad as it was built westward from Omaha. He developed portable warehouses and used them in the general forwarding and commission business, moving them westward as track was laid. His sales to the railroad and to its workers were valued in the millions of dollars.
He also purchased considerable real estate in Omaha. In 1872, he and Andrew Hanscom donated land that became Hanscom Park in what was then southwest Omaha. (As Mr. Hanscom had given 60 percent of the land, the park was named for him instead of Mr. Megeath.) At varous times an Omaha
While in Virginia, he had married Virginia Carter, with whom he had five children. James Megeath was buried on November 12, 1906, in the family mausoleum, where his wife, children and some of his grandchildren are also buried. Tragically, one granddaughter, Mary Virginia, queen of Ak-Sar-Ben in 1916, died virtually on the eve of her wedding to Herbert Connell. She was buried in the family mausoleum in her coronation robes on May 8, 1919.
Historic marker dedicated on May 27, 1991
Erected 1991 by Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 41° 16.672′ N, 95° 57.586′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is in Prospect Hill Cemetery, 3202 Parker Street. 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. Johan and Sophia Ahmanson (a few steps from this marker); Andrew Jackson Poppleton (within shouting distance of this marker); William Davis Brown (within shouting Alfred Sorenson (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Francis Bauman (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wesley Nichols (within shouting distance of this marker); James M. Woolworth (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spanish-American War Memorial (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Also see . . .
1. James Megeath. (Submitted on August 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Hanscom Park. (Submitted on August 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Prospect Hill Cemetery, Omaha. (Submitted on August 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.