Year Built: 1868-1890s
Style: Various, including Italianate
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 03/27/1974
The Fort Omaha Historic District encompasses 82½ acres in northeast Omaha. For over a century, beginning in 1868, the site acted as a military post, overseeing a variety of functions from Army barracks just after the Civil War to the nation’s first military balloon training center during World War I. Wood frame structures predominated early on. These were replaced over the years with more enduring brick buildings, frequently designed in the Italianate style. As of 1971, approximately six buildings from the 19th century remained extant on the fort’s grounds, including the General George Crook House, a National Register site and the present-day headquarters of the Douglas County Historical Society. In 1975, Metropolitan Community College acquired the site from the federal government for use as a school campus.