The history of Omaha is a complex blanket woven of many threads: from the native peoples who themselves migrated onto the vast, tractless grasslands centuries earlier, to European trappers and traders, to explorers and missionaries, to Army dragoons and settlers, to hustlers and prostitutes, to former slaves and young entrepreneurs.
Founded on Independence Day, July 4th, in 1854, the village of "Omaha City" has continually reinvented itself over the ensuing decades, entertaining Presidents from Lincoln to Obama, as well as foreign dignitaries from Grand Duke Alexis of Russia to Hawaiian King Kalakaua. Succeeding waves of clapboard hotels, warehouses, and workshops on the edge of wilderness would give way to brick, and brick to steel and glass. In the processs, generations that followed would chisel an indelible relief on the grassy plateau where Lewis and Clark's expedition stopped to hunt, fish and investigate a mysterious, now long-vanished mound that once stood just a block south in what is today Omaha's Heartland Park.
Much of this rich story took place within a mere 3-mile radius of where you stand. Now using your smart phone -- and Quikbyke e-Bikes -- you can discover some of that history. Quikbyke has strategically placed Eddystone-protocol 'beacons' that will activate your phone's web browser so you can read more about our community and its, yes, sometimes sorted, but always fascinating growth and development. Look for Quikbyke Physical Web 'beacon' icons or just have your phone scan for them. Here's what to look for while discovering Omaha.