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Alfred D. Jones crossed the Missouri River in 1853 to stake a claim that he called “Park Wilde.” A lawyer and surveyor, he did the first survey of Omaha City in 1854. Jones became Omaha’s first postmaster and was said to to have carried the mail in his hat. In a speech to the territorial legislature in opposition to a territorial bank law, he said he would like to have on his gravestone the words “Here lies an honest man who voted against Wild Cat Banks in Nebraska.”
Krug in German means “beer stein,“ and Frederick Krug started Nebraska’s oldest major brewery in 1859. The brewery was sold to Falstaff in 1936. Krug owned popular Krug Park in Benson, but a tragic roller coaster accident on July 30, 1930, killed four persons and injured some seventeen, persuading the city council to pass an ordinance in 1931 prohibiting roller coasters in Omaha. The Park closed in 1940.
A favorite of George Washington, Frenchman the Marquis de La Lafayette fought on the side of the colonists in the War for Independence.
Named the Outstanding Young Man of Omaha by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1945, Glenn Cunningham three years later was elected mayor of Omaha, the youngest individual to attain that position. Omaha’s mayor for two terms, he was a member the U.S. House of Representatives from 1957 to 1971.
Lake Street was named for George B. Lake, an early member of the Omaha bar and one of the first justices of the Nebraska Supreme Court. He helped draft the Nebraska constitution for statehood and was a law partner of Andrew Poppleton. 
Leavenworth Street was named for General Henry Leavenworth, a noted military figure and founder of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.



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