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I am doing an Omaha 1955 fact sheet for family history project. Need online facts about Omaha in 1955, maybe population, largest employers, most popu

ar restaurants, new buildings built that year, etc.
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To answer your question, we checked the 1955 Omaha City Directory. Our population was approximately 275,000 in 1954. We had over 600 manufacturing establishments such as packing houses (Armour, Swift, Cudahy), flour, dairy products & refined lead (Asarco). Chemicals, steel foundries, and veterinary serums etc. round out the bunch. Omaha was an agricultural and manufacturing hub. We had Union Pacific, BNSF (doing business as a number of other railroads before they later merged), and other smaller railroads.  Omaha Public Library had 1 Main library & 5 branches. We had a new Civic Auditorium too!

 

For more in-depth information we would need to do a more thorough search of the city directories, newspapers, and other resources.  Most of these are located at the W. Dale Clark library branch downtown if you are able to visit.  If not, please contact our research email at research@omahalibrary.org and let them know the exact information you need.  Since there will be a bit more time involved, there will most likely be a charge for the service which they will let you know about.

 

Good luck on your project!

 

Russ Harper
Library Specialist
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