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    OMAHA, TEXAS

    Morris County, East Texas
    Highway 67 and FM144
    10 miles N or Daingerfield
    16 miles E of Mount Pleasant
    50 miles SW of Texarkana

    Population: 999 (2000) 833 (1990)

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    Omaha TX - Street by Rail Road Tracks
    Omaha, Texas - Once a railroad town
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, May 2012
    History in a Pecan Shell

    Not named after the city in Nebraska, Omaha had its name drawn from a hat in 1886. Citizens had tired of the towns previous name of Morristown. The eight or so contributors submitted names from their former state of Alabama and Omaha came up the winner.

    The town had a healthy population of 450 in 1890 and it remains a vibrant community.

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    Historical Marker Text

    OMAHA

    On seidicum line, the old Bowie-Red River counties boundary surveyed in 1840. Thompson Morris laid out "Morristown" in 1880, but post office was "Gravett." To arbitrate, a drawing from a hat suggested "Omaha," for old home of a settler from Alabama. Town is now a shipping center for plants and farm products.
    1966
    Historical Marker - 110 McLean Avenue

    Site of Omaha School

    Land was first purchased for a public school in Omaha in 1892 and a large wooden building near the railroad tracks soon housed three teachers and 165 students. The community formed an independent school district in 1905 and built a new two-story brick structure the following year. It was enlarged as necessary, including the addition of a rock gymnasium erected by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) between 1938 and 1940. After a tornado damaged the property in 1950, the school merged with nearby Naples at the urging of a wealthy oilman and rancher who promised financial backing for the consolidated district. The WPA gym was renovated for commercial use by its new owner.
    (1999)
    Incise on back: Glenda Brown Scarborough Sandra Smith Forsyth
    SSW Depot in Omaha, Texas
    The SSW Depot in Omaha, Texas
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    M. E. Church
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