Minne Lusa

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The Minne Lusa neighborhood is located in North Omaha, Nebraska between Vane Street and Read Street on the north and Redick Avenue on the south; North 24th Street on the east and North 30th Street on the west.[1] Platted in 1916, today it is located just north of the Miller Park neighborhood, and just south of Florence.

History[edit]

According to the Omaha Public Library, "Minne Lusa" comes from a Native American word of unknown origins that means "clear water".[2] The Minne Lusa Pumping Station was built at the Florence Water Works north of the area in 1899.[3] Presumably the neighborhood, established 17 years later, took its name from that.

The Minne Lusa neighborhood was first platted by Charles Martin in 1916, and by 1923 was a completed development.[4] Southeast of the newly annexed community of Florence, Minne Lusa was touted as the "largest addition ever platted in Omaha." It included 800 lots on 33 blocks. Lot prices ranged from $450 to $1,000. Minne Lusa Boulevard bisected the subdivision and meandered north from Miller Park. Most homes reflected craftsman bungalow and period revival architectural styles. In general, larger homes were constructed on lots fronting Minne Lusa Boulevard while more modest homes were constructed along cross streets.[5]

The original Minne Lusa School was opened as Fort School in 1916. It was moved and rebuilt, opening in 1924 in its current location. The school was updated in 1955, and completed another renovation in 1997.[6] Every original home in the neighborhood was built with a garage, and the first steel-frame house in the neighborhood was built by Henry Neef.[7] That house, the Henry B. Neef House, was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in September 2010. The area is home to the former Minne Lusa Theater, a one-screen neighborhood movie house that opened in the mid-1930s along North 30th Street. It seated 400. The theater closed sometime in the mid 50s.[8]

A local landmark called the Viking Ship is, according to a local neighborhood group, "a building of distinctive architecture at the corner of Minne Lusa Boulevard and Redick Avenue... [it has] been known at different times as the Prettiest Mile Club, Hayden House, and the Birchwood Club."[9] It is said to be the oldest building in the neighborhood.[10] The Hayden House eventually took turns moving from the Viking Ship to Eppley Airfield,[11] and was to the Union Station in downtown Omaha. Today it is a fully restored art deco icon that sits in the Durham Western Heritage Museum.[12]

Current Nebraska State Senator Lowen Kruse is a former president and current member of the Miller Park-Minne Lusa Neighborhood Association.[13]

Minne Lusa Water Works[edit]

Main article: Florence Water Works

The Metropolitan Utilities District operates a huge system at the Florence Water Works to filter Missouri River water. The Minne Lusa Pumping Station, demolished by the city in the 1960s, was a massive building of Warrensburg sandstone with a central tower rising four stories over an arched entrance. Designed by Omaha architects, it was built in 1889 in a classical style reflecting the influence of the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition. This building contained the high service pump and boilers, and sent the filtered water to city water mains for the entire city of Omaha.[14][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mead and Hunt. (2007) Renaissance survey of parts of North Omaha. Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 4/21/08.
  2. ^ (nd) Sources of Street Names. Omaha Public Library. Retrieved 6/12/07.
  3. ^ Federal Writer's Project. (1938) Omaha: A Guide to the City and Environs. Works Progress Administration.
  4. ^ (2007) Minne Lusa. Historic Florence Foundation. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  5. ^ Mead and Hunt. (2007) Renaissance survey of parts of North Omaha. Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 4/21/08.
  6. ^ (nd) Minne Lusa Elementary School. Historic Florence Foundation. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  7. ^ KETV. (2006) Minne Lusa Neighborhood Small, Packed With History. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  8. ^ (nd) Minne Lusa Theater. Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  9. ^ (2006) History of Miller Park/Minne Lusa Neighborhood
  10. ^ KETV. (2006)
  11. ^ Hayden House postcard from Eppley Airfield
  12. ^ Hayden House Restaurant at Union Station
  13. ^ (nd) Lowen Kruse Biography. Nebraska Legislature. Retrieved 6/11/07.
  14. ^ Federal Writer's Project. (1938).
  15. ^ Historic postcard of the Minne Lusa Water Works

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