Why is Military Ave. layed out diaginaly through the city? What was it's importance
Military Avenue gets its name from the Military Road that made its way through Nebraska, paralleling the Oregon Trail. You can find signs on many roads between Omaha and Kearney that refer to Military Road. The following paragraph is from the Douglas County Historical Society's information at www.omahahistory.org :
A part of the original Overland Trail, Military Road snaked through Omaha and Benson starting in 1857. It was used to move military supplies to Fort Kearny. Military Road was used by thousands of settlers heading to the Northwest. The road was purposely laid out over high ground so that emigrants and freighters could have a good view of the surrounding country as a protection against attacks. In 1994 a portion of Military Road near 82nd and Fort Streets was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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