Paradise In The Midwest

May 28, 2018 · Posted In: History, Lifestyle, Omaha Magazine

Some migratory Omahans make a tradition of flocking north to the freshwater oasis called Okoboji. This historic, former Native American encampment and hunting ground turned settler outpost and sport-commercial fishing haven in northwest Iowa features […]

Guest-Starring at Omaha’s First Drive-In

May 16, 2018 · Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, History

In the summer of 1972, I discovered the power of a flashlight with an orange wand. Nobody had ever paid attention to me—an undersized 16-year-old—until I worked at the 76th & West Dodge Drive-In and […]

A Gathering of Water & Cranes

April 27, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine, Recreation

The bald eagle is unusually loud. From the riverbank, just beyond the trees, comes a descending whinny, then a high-pitched kree, kree, kree. That’s not what I came to the river to find, but sometimes […]

A Timeline of Chinese in Omaha

March 18, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

Chinese migration to Omaha began, indirectly, during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. The “Old Gold Mountain” (i.e., the Chinese term for California) attracted a flood of unskilled laborers known as coolies. Nationwide, the Chinese […]

Preservation of King Fong Cafe

March 3, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

To walk upstairs from 16th Street to the dining area of King Fong Cafe was like passing through a time-warp. Destination: Southern China, more than 100 years ago. Pagoda chandeliers hovered above lavish teakwood tables […]

About the Cover

March 2, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

Downtown Omaha once featured a small Chinatown. Omaha Magazine imagines how the local Chinatown would look today if it hadn’t vanished. Senior Graphic Designer Derek Joy illustrated a Chinatown gate with Omaha’s iconic First National […]

Chinatown Lost and Found

Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

There are only a few remnants of early Chinese-American history left in Omaha. The city’s former Chinatown is almost forgotten. The building at 1415 Farnam St. (now occupied by Kitchen Table) was for many years […]

35 Years Of Omaha Magazine Covers

March 1, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

Omaha Magazine publisher Todd Lemke fondly remembers several magazine covers from his 35 years in the local magazine business. But he is particularly fond of the November/December 1993 issue—a poster of which hangs on his […]

The Changing Face of Omaha

February 23, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

A lot can change in 35 years, even in Omaha, a town where some places look like a glacier flowed over 2 million years ago and only unfroze a few weeks ago. Of course, if […]

Omaha’s Forgotten Chinatown

Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

Lion dancers leap into the air. Traditional Chinese instruments evoke tunes of a distant land. Dancing troupes perform in multi-colored costumes. There are even contemporary Chinese pop songs and, of course, plenty of Chinese food […]


 
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