Military Road (Omaha)

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Military Road Segment
Military Road wagon track (Omaha) (3).JPG
Remains of Military Road wagon track
Military Road (Omaha) is located in Nebraska
Military Road (Omaha)
Military Road (Omaha) is located in the US
Military Road (Omaha)
Location Omaha, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°18′31.29″N 96°2′34.37″W / 41.3086917°N 96.0428806°W / 41.3086917; -96.0428806Coordinates: 41°18′31.29″N 96°2′34.37″W / 41.3086917°N 96.0428806°W / 41.3086917; -96.0428806
Built 1858
Architect Capt. Edward Beckwith
NRHP Reference # 93001400[1]
Added to NRHP December 10, 1993

Military Road is a central thoroughfare located in Omaha, Nebraska. A segment of the road located at the junction of West 82nd and Fort Streets[2] was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[3] Today Military Road, which begins at Nebraska Highway 64 as Nebraska Highway L-28K, ends at Bennington Road near North 204th Street (Nebraska Highway 31).

History[edit]

Originally part of the Overland Trail, Military Road was laid out from Downtown Omaha westward through the town of Benson and past in 1857 by Captain Edward Beckwith for the U.S. Army. Originally designated as a shipment road for moving military supplies to Fort Kearny, thousands of travelers moving to the Pacific Northwest used the road for the next fifty years. Purposely laid out over high ground, emigrants and freighters had a clear view of the surrounding country as a protection against attacks.[4]

Currently[edit]

The original graded wagon track can be seen near the Omaha Public Power District substation located near West 90th Street. A section of the road is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ National Park Service. (1995) National Register of Historic Places, 1966 to 1994. The Preservation Press National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. p 472.
  3. ^ "Street Names", Douglas County Historical Society. Retrieved 11/26/07.
  4. ^ "Street Names", Douglas County Historical Society. Retrieved 11/26/07.