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With a name derived from an American Indian word meaning "above all others on a stream," Omaha was founded in 1854 on the western shore of the Missouri River. Once a rough and ready railroad town, Omaha today has a vibrant skyline and riverfront with the only pedestrian bridge in the country linking two states. Opened in 2008, the 2,224-foot, S-curve bridge crosses the Missouri River to connect Omaha with Council Bluffs, Iowa. Stroll through the city's past at the lovely Old Market, bounded by 10th, 13th, Harney and Jackson streets. The market is filled with restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and pubs. Home to Fortune 500 companies, ...

With a name derived from an American Indian word meaning "above all others on a stream," Omaha was founded in 1854 on the western shore of the Missouri River. Once a rough and ready railroad town, Omaha today has a vibrant skyline and riverfront with the only pedestrian bridge in the country linking two states. Opened in 2008, the 2,224-foot, S-curve bridge crosses the Missouri River to connect Omaha with Council Bluffs, Iowa. Stroll through the city's past at the lovely Old Market, bounded by 10th, 13th, Harney and Jackson streets. The market is filled with restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and pubs. Home to Fortune 500 companies, Omaha is also known for Boys Town, a famed village-style haven that has been turning around the lives of troubled kids for more than nine decades. An Irish priest, Father Edward Joseph Flanagan, who came to America at age 18 with no money and no friends, started it in 1917. The national Boys Town headquarters in Omaha is now a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can dine in the cafeteria, visit the museum, tour the grounds that feature a Rose Garden and Garden of the Bible with plants and quotes from the Bible and visit Dowd Chapel, the final resting place of Father Flanagan.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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