Benson neighborhood (Omaha, Nebraska)

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Benson
Several blocks of one- and two-story storefronts
Maple Street
Website www.downtownbenson.com

Benson is a historic neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska. Now a pocket within North Omaha, Benson Place was originally platted in 1887 and was annexed into the City of Omaha in 1917.

History[edit]

Erastus Benson was a land speculator, investor and philanthropist who unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Omaha in 1906. He was an early investor in marketing Thomas Edison's inventions, including the phonograph and the Kinetoscope.[1][2] In 1887, he purchased approximately 900 acres (3.6 km2) of farm land from Edward Creighton, an Omaha businessman. On March 4, 1887, Benson platted the land on the Creighton farm and called it Benson Place, later changing it to Benson. The newly platted community was located along Military Avenue, approximately 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Omaha.

In the mid-to-late 1910s, Omaha embarked on a course of annexations of suburban communities to its north and west. Residents of Benson, anticipating annexation of their own city, decided to build as many civic improvements as they could: they feared that Omaha would be inattentive to their desire for such improvements after annexation, and they knew that following annexation, the larger city would have to assume the debts incurred to build the improvements. To this end, they built a new combined city hall and fire station in late 1915.[3]

On May 25, 1917, the city of Omaha, Nebraska annexed the town of Benson. At that time, it was 1.4 mi² and had 5000 residents.[4]

Krug Park was an amusement park located at 2936 North 52nd Street in Benson. In 1930 the park was the site of the worst roller coaster accident in the country to that year,[5] and in 1940 it was closed. Today Gallagher Park is located on the original Krug Park site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, D. (1996) From Peep Show to Palace: The Birth of American Film, Columbia University Press. p. 37.
  2. ^ Edison Film and Sound:History of Edison Motion Pictures. Retrieved 8/10/07.
  3. ^ Moffett, Chad, Emily Schill, Erin Pogany, and Christina Slattery. "Reconnaissance Survey of Selected Neighborhoods in Omaha, Nebraska". Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  4. ^ History of Nebraska - Chapter 35, retrieved 14dec2006
  5. ^ "Survivor recalls Krug Park tragedy," KETV.com. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
Benson Neighborhood Landmarks
Benson Post Office located on Main Street Benson
Benson Post Office located on Main Street Benson 
The Benson Library located just off Main Street
The Benson Library located just off Main Street 
Section of Benson Main Street business district
Section of Benson Main Street business district 


Coordinates: 41°17′06″N 96°00′34″W / 41.28500°N 96.00944°W / 41.28500; -96.00944 (Benson, Omaha)