Brown is generally credited as having the first vision for a city where Omaha now sits.
The passage of the Kansas–Nebraska Act in 1854 was presaged by the staking out of claims around the area to become Omaha by residents from neighboring Council Bluffs.
Throughout the rest of the 19th century, the transportation and jobbing sectors were important in the city, along with its railroads and breweries.
In the 20th century, the Omaha Stockyards, once the world's largest, and its meatpacking plants gained international prominence.
Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles (15 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River.
Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha.
Omaha introduced this new West to the world in 1898, when it played host to the World's Fair, dubbed the Trans-Mississippi Exposition.
The steamboat Bertrand sank north of Omaha on its way to the goldfields in 1865.Also headquartered in Omaha are First National Bank of Omaha, the largest privately held bank in the United States; three of the nation's largest 10 architecture/engineering firms: DLR Group, HDR, Inc., and Leo A Daly; the Gallup Organization, of Gallup Poll fame; and its riverfront Gallup University.Enron began in Omaha as Northern Natural Gas in 1930, before taking over a smaller Houston company in 1985 to form Inter North, which Kenneth Lay moved permanently to Houston, in 1987.The note is signed by Jesse Lowe, in his function as first Mayor of Omaha City.It was issued as scrip in 1857 to help fund the erection of the Territorial capitol building.Tourism in Omaha benefits the city's economy greatly, with the annual College World Series and Triple Crown Slump Buster providing important revenue and the city's Henry Doorly Zoo serving as the top attraction in Nebraska as well as being named the best zoo in the world by Trip Advisor in 2014. Notable modern Omaha inventions include: the bobby pin and the "pink hair curler", at Omaha's Tip Top; Butter Brickle Ice Cream and the Reuben sandwich, conceived by a chef at the then-Blackstone Hotel on 36th and Farnam Streets; cake mix, developed by Duncan Hines, then a division of Omaha's Nebraska Consolidated Mills, the forerunner to today's Con Agra Foods; center-pivot irrigation by the Omaha company now known as Valmont Corporation; the "Top 40" radio format, pioneered by Todd Storz, scion of Omaha's Storz Brewing Co., and head of Storz Broadcasting, which was the first in the U. to use the "Top 40" format at Omaha's KOWH Radio; and the TV dinner, developed by Omaha's Carl Swanson Co.