Friday, December 24, 2010

Omaha flophouse continued

The Library of Congress site is indispensable for jive like this. These are all available at American Memory and some of the great stuff that makes paying taxes worthwhile .  All of them were taken on Lower Douglas in Omaha by photographer John Vanchon.  One of the photographs of Lower Douglas labeled Omaha "one of the great hobo centers of the West".  Indeed these scenes likely aren't more than a block or four from where people now complain about the homeless hanging out around the front of the downtown Omaha library. Those two guys in the second photograph sure look up to something.

Of course, no mention of Lower Douglas could be made without mentioning Anna Wilson, one of Omaha's most well-known madames, whose brothel was donated for a hospital after her death, likely this one. If this was Anna Wilson's those newer looking wooden posts out front used to be nude women carved out of stone.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Some around Glenwood

On North Vine Street

I was running late to work and buying cigarettes here on September 11, 2001 when a lady I knew walked in and told me planes just flew into the world trade center. I thought she was whacked out. This was also where I bought cigarettes when I was 17.

Glenwood CB&Q depot built after they moved the line off Railroad Avenue/Lake Drive.

Glenwood I.O.O.F. Opera House/Rex Theater and Old City Hall, First Street on the Square.

Italianate on North Vine in Glenwood. Former mortuary now apartments.

The former IIFMC Girl's Cottage. My great-grandmother worked there. My step-son went to preschool there.

Gothic Revival on South Grove in Glenwood, now demolished.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Omaha flophouse

Skid Row Omaha once lined Lower Douglas and the King down there was a white-suited Japanese immigrant named Joe Watanabe who ran the Uptown Cafe at 13th and Douglas Streets.

By my time that was all Central Park Mall and Gerald Ford Expressway I-480 but there were still a few places downtown for those down on their means. That included the recently razed Aero Rooms on Cuming.

  That's from the Douglas County site and if they don't like it I'll gladly take it down.

Otherwise there was the Irwin by the Greyhound Station and the Delmar on South 24th.  The Delmar was featured in a movie that won an award at Cannes, Sean Penn's The Indian Runner, and is best seen here at 9:03 and 9:23 and in the next clip as well. The owner called it a landmark when the city razed it and the site remains a vacant lot to this day.

I don't have any pictures of the Irwin, which I was actually inside.

Friday, December 3, 2010

On the West End of CB

 16th and West Broadway, looking north.
 northeast corner of 21st and West Broadway
 On 5th Avenue
 Romantic Money, 32nd and West Broadway
 Mickey D's, southwest corner of 16th and West Broadway
 Sonic's, 3445 West Broadway
 House of Mufflers, 1635 West Broadway
On the West End

End of the Amarillo - Beginning of a blog

When the Amarillo closed after 22 years in Bellevue I finally got around to thinking about all the other things around here and Omaha and the Bluffs that make it what it was but seem to up and disappear all too often when you aren't thinking about them.

here was their website: