Omaha Street Names




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Named for W. B. Ogden of Illinois, first president of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Samuel Orchard was appointed by Congress to be the first surveyor of customs for the new Omaha Port of Delivery in 1870. Having opened the Orchard and Bean carpet store, he expanded into furniture sales and built a five-story building at 15th and Farnam. He added to his fortune by investing in the Union Stockyards Company.

Orville plaza, located near Eppley Air Field, is named for Orville Wright of the airplane inventor brothers.

Algerson Sidney Paddock became secretary of the Nebraska Territory in 1861, and twice served the state as a  U.S. Senator. While a Senator he championed the establishment of the Military District of Nebraska, which resulted in the Department of the Platte with its headquarters in Omaha. The first appropriations for river development at Omaha are attributed to Paddock. In his business career he was a large investor and director of the Omaha Street Railway.

Park Wild Avenue derives its names from the claim staked off by Alfred D. Jones before Omaha was surveyed, which he named “Park Wilde.”
J.N.H. Patrick was an early Omaha pioneer and the father of R.W. Patrick, a municipal court judge, and of daughter Eliza who married Joseph Barker, Jr. Family farmland covered the Dundee and 24th and Lake areas. Like several other early settlers, in his home was a private art collection of over twenty fine paintings, displayed in the central hall, drawing room, dining room, breakfast room, and library. He also had sculptures of bronze and marble.
From humble beginnings William A. Paxton constructed a multi-faceted career that earned him a fortune and a reputation as a man with a “big purse, but a bigger heart,” and as the “real founder of South Omaha.” He went from livery foreman to beef mogul, later expanding into banking, investing and organizing the Union Stockyards Company. He co-founded the Paxton & Gallagher Wholesale Grocery Business and became a co-owner of the Paxton & Vierling Iron Works. Along the way he found time to serve in the Nebraska Legislature. The prestigious Paxton Hotel became the hotel of preference for wealthy visiting cattlemen.
Named for General John J. Pershing, who taught military tactics at the University of Nebraska in the early 1890s. After graduating from West Point, he rose to the highest rank in the U.S. Military, General of the Armies of the United States. “Black Jack” was commander of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War I.
Andrew Jackson Poppleton arrived as a young attorney in Omaha in October 1854 and became a principal figure in the city’s public life. As a member of the first territorial legislature, he was in the midst of the struggle over where the territorial capital would be located. He served three times as Mayor of Omaha. As a defense attorney he lost the first legal execution trial in the Nebraska Territory, but successfully defended Standing Bear in the Chief’s 1879 trial. He argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and for many years was an attorney for the Union Pacific Railroad.
Augustus Pratt was a member of the first Board of Park Commissioners and a member of the Board of Education. 



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