A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Omaha, Nebraska

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The location of Omaha

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Omaha.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Omaha, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Omaha and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Omaha and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Omaha. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Omaha.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Douglas County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Douglas County sighting report from eBird.

Since Omaha is near Pottawattamie County and also Sarpy County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Pottawattamie County

Sighting report for Sarpy County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Omaha.

How Far From Omaha to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Omaha to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Omaha and extending to:

  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 46 miles [74 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could walk a straight line from Omaha to Lincoln, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,014 miles [1,631.9 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take over two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,508 miles [10,473.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,260 miles [11,683.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,161 miles [8,305.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Omaha ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Omaha.

While the name Omaha is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Randolph County

Our profile page for Omaha, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 804 miles [1,293.9 km] to the Southeast.


Boone County

Our profile page for Omaha, Boone County   [Map]

Distance: About 364 miles [585.8 km] to the South Southeast.


Stewart County

Our profile page for Omaha, Stewart County   [Map]

Distance: About 874 miles [1,406.6 km] to the Southeast.


Gallatin County

Our profile page for Omaha, Gallatin County   [Map]

Distance: About 471 miles [758 km] to the East Southeast.


Kearny County

Our profile page for Omaha, Kearny County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Kearny County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Morton County

Our profile page for Omaha, Morton County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Morton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Knott County

Our profile page for Omaha, Knott County   [Map]

Distance: About 755 miles [1,215.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Putnam County

Our profile page for Omaha, Putnam County   [Map]

Distance: About 175 miles [281.6 km] to the East Southeast.


Morris County

Our profile page for Omaha, Morris County   [Map]

Distance: About 562 miles [904.5 km] to the South.


Dickenson County

Our profile page for Omaha, Dickenson County   [Map]

Distance: About 781 miles [1,256.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Omaha ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Boys Town   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West of Omaha   [Map]

Clara (IA)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Council Bluffs (IA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Crescent (IA)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Elkhorn   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Fort Crook   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Green Meadows   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Home Park   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lane   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Paradise Park   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Portal   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Skyline   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Omaha. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Art Babbit     (Born as Arthur Harold Babitsky)

Animator. He was born in Omaha on Tueday October 8, 1907 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday March 4, 1992 at an age of 84. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Art Babbit<8>

Lee Beggs

Actor. He was born in Omaha on Saturday December 3, 1870 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday November 18, 1943 at an age of 72. He was buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee Beggs

Bob Boozer     (Robert Louis Boozer)

Professional basketball. He was born in Omaha on Monday April 26, 1937 and died in Omaha on Saturday May 19, 2012 at an age of 75. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bob Boozer

Marlon Brando

Oscar winning actor, director, activist. He was born in Omaha on Thursday April 3, 1924 and died in Westwood (California) on Thursday July 1, 2004 at an age of 80.

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marlon Brando

Don Chandler

Professional football. He was born in Council Bluffs (Iowa) on Wednesday September 5, 1934 and died in Tulsa (Oklahoma) on Thursday August 11, 2011 at an age of 76. He was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery (Tulsa County, Oklahoma) [Map].

Council Bluffs [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the east of Omaha

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Chandler

Gerald Ford     (Born as Leslie Lynch King)

38th President of the US (1974 - 1977). He was born in Omaha on Monday July 14, 1913 and died in Rancho Mirage (California) on Tueday December 26, 2006 at an age of 93.

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gerald Ford

Buddy Miles     (George Allen Miles, Jr.)

Musician. He was born in Omaha on Friday September 5, 1947 and died in Austin (Texas) on Tueday February 26, 2008 at an age of 60.

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Miles

Anne Ramsey     (Born as Anne Mobley)

Actress. She was born in Omaha on Wednesday March 27, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday August 11, 1988 at an age of 59. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anne Ramsey

Angelo Rossitto     (Angelo Salvatore Rossitto)

Actor, sideshow performer. He was born in Omaha on Tueday February 18, 1908 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday September 21, 1991 at an age of 83. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Angelo Rossitto

Carl David 'Winky' Smith

Professional hockey. He was born in Cache Bay (Ontario) on Tueday September 18, 1917 and died in Omaha on Sunday January 8, 1967 at an age of 49. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Carl David 'Winky' Smith

Charles Frederick 'Skip' Stephenson

Comedian, actor, musician. He was born in Omaha on Thursday April 18, 1940 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday May 18, 1992 at an age of 52. He was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Frederick 'Skip' Stephenson

Lalomie Washburn

Singer, songwriter. She was born in Omaha on Monday August 25, 1941 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday September 18, 2004 at an age of 63. She was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lalomie Washburn

Malcolm X     (Born as Malcom Little)

Activist. He was born in Omaha on Tueday May 19, 1925 and died in New York (New York) on Sunday February 21, 1965 at an age of 39. He was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Malcolm X

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Douglas County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Omaha:

The official website for Douglas County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Omaha) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Omaha. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Omaha

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Omaha. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2600, Longitude: -96.0242     [Map].

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Omaha to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 320.148 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.798 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.971 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Omaha could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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