Fort Omaha Post Exchange and Gymnasium

Fort Omaha Post Exchange and Gymnasium (HM13FK)

Location: Omaha, NE 68111 Douglas County
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N 41° 18.448', W 95° 57.438'

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Fort Omaha Walking Tour

In 1880, nearly a dozen years after Fort Omaha was established, indoor hot and cold water bathing facilities were installed - three shower rooms for enlisted men and one for officers. By the end of the 19th century a new attitude towards the health and welfare of soldiers prevailed. Men eagerly seized opportunities to compete in gymnastics, baseball, basketball and tennis.

During World War I, community interest in the Balloon School resulted in the construction of a YMCA canteen at the Fort, providing spaces for additional indoor recreation. In the years of Navy tenure after World War II, Little League teams along with Fort Omaha personnel played on two baseball diamonds on the Fort. In addition, the grounds boasted a nine-hole golf course and the best tennis courts in the city.

This building was constructed as a Post Exchange and Gymnasium in 1907. The Navy continued to use the gymnasium until 1974. It currently houses the Computer Services division at Metropolitan Community College.
HM NumberHM13FK
Marker Number9
Placed ByMetropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas County, and Nebraska Committee for the Humanities
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 7:13am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 252431 N 4577109
Decimal Degrees41.30746667, -95.95730000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 18.448', W 95° 57.438'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 18' 26.88" N, 95° 57' 26.28" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 44300 East Rd, Omaha NE 68111, US
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