Frederick Krug

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Fred Krug, 1854-1904 Nebraskans

Frederick Krug (1855 – November 18, 1930) was the German-immigrant founder of the Frederick Krug Brewing Company of Omaha, Nebraska.[1] Krug is often cited as one of the founders of Omaha.[2] In addition to operating the brewery for almost the entire duration of his life, Krug operated Krug Park in the Benson community and was the president of the Home Fire Insurance Company, which was founded in Omaha in 1884.[3]


Fred Krug was born in Niederzwehren near Cassel Germany on December 22, 1833. He lived in Niederzwehren until 19 years of age where he was trained as a brewer. He then immigrated to the U.S. in 1852, settling in St. Louis, Missouri. In St. Louis he met his wife Anna and had a son, William. In 1858 he moved to Council Bluffs where he worked in a small brewery. Later the same year he moved to Omaha with his wife and son. He established his first small brewery on Farnam Street. Later his business moved to Jackson Street between 10th and 11th streets. On October 17, 1893, he and his family celebrated the grand opening of the new Fred Krug Brewery. At the time this new brewery was one of the largest and most modern of its kind. The capacity of the brewery was reported to be 150,000 barrels per year and employed approximately 500 men.[4]

Krug led his company in Omaha for almost 50 years, and was responsible for founding Omaha's Krug Park in 1904. The city of Omaha named a street after him.[5] Frederick's sons, including William, Frederick H., Jacob and Albert all worked at the brewery in a variety of capacities.[6] Krug, a German immigrant, served on the State of Nebraska's Board of Immigration.[7]


Krug Avenue in South Omaha was named after Krug.[8]

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  1. ^ "Pioneer history of Omaha, Nebraska". Retrieved 9/8/07.
  2. ^ Johnson's History of Nebraska. p. 299. Retrieved 9/8/07.
  3. ^ Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts. (1896) Biennial Report of the Auditor of Public Accounts to the Governor of Nebraska. State of Nebraska. p 216.
  4. ^ Omaha Bee, article on the Grand Opening of the new Krug's Brewery 10/15/1893. Retrieved 2011-01-30
  5. ^ "Omaha Street Names". Douglas County Historical Society. Retrieved 9/8/2007.
  6. ^ "1804-1904 Nebraskans." Memorial Library. Retrieved 9/8/07.
  7. ^ "History of Nebraska". p 539. Retrieved 9/8/2007.
  8. ^ "Street Names" Douglas County Historical Society. Retrieved 9/17/07.

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