Omaha before the interstate

I couple weeks ago, Vox published a few sets of aerial photos showing Rust Belt cities before the interstate system cut through them compared to now. The University of Oklahoma has some more here. But without Omaha represented, I decided to compile a few myself.

An original plan for Omaha’s freeway system had I-480 cutting through Hanscom Park on a path a few blocks west of its final location. The park (and my home) were save when the plan was nixed because Andrew J. Hanscom and James Megeath stipulated the land could never be used for anything other than a city park when they donated it to the city in 1872.

The Omaha Public Library has a 1958 aerial plat atlas on their site. Using its images, I set them next to contemporary aerial imagery.

Ames to FortHighway 75 between Fort St. and Ames Ave.

Howard to CassI-480 and Highway 75 between Cass and Howard Sts.

Pacific to DeweyI-480 between Dewey Ave. and Pacific St.

Shirley to PacificI-480 between Pacific and Shirley Sts.

Bancroft to ShirleyI-480 between Bancroft and Shirley Sts.

Grover to BancroftI-80/I-480/Highway 75 interchange between Bancroft and Grover Sts.

F to ValleyI-80/I-480/Highway 75 interchange between Valley and F Sts.

Q to LHighway 75 and the Union Stockyards between L and Q Sts.


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