Today we went to the Durham Museum at the Omaha Union Station.
The Union Station is a beautiful art deco building.
Here is a view of downtown Omaha from the Union Station parking lot.
This is the great hall of Union Station. This is where passengers purchased tickets and waited for the trains. During the years Unon Station was in operation up to 10,000 passengers passed through here evey day!
You can check the arrival and departure schedules for the trains here.
Here are the ticket windows where train passengers would purchase their tickets.
This lady is purchasing a ticket.
A round trip ticket for one please.
Oops, make that 3 round trip tickets!
"Here are your tickets, have a nice trip" the ticket agent said to Traveling Kit and Norah Kathleen.
After they purchased their tickets, Norah Kathleen and Traveling Kit went to the soda fountain for a hot dog and an ice cream sudae.
Maybe we could buy a pound of candy to take with us on the train ride, they will weigh it for us on this scale.
Passengers sit on the benches in the great hall waiting for their trains.
Some porters handle the baggage for the passengers.
The sailor and soldier are both waiting for their trains to arrive.
We sat down to talk to this soldier while waiting for our train.
He told us he is home on leave but must report for duty soon. He pointed out the pretty inlaid ceiling and beautiful art deco light fixtures in the station.
This is gorgeous!
This way to the trains! The platforms and train tracks are on the other side of these doors.
The announcement is made that trains are now boarding at tracks 4 and 6. It's time to go to the platforms.
The train has arrived at track 4.
Union Pacific Pullman lounge car.
The lounge car has comfortable chairs and couches to sit in while you travel.
It even has a bar at the far end of the lounge car. What would you like to drink? Traveling Kit and Norah Kathleen belly up to the bar.
Here is a private compartment with a pullman bed for sleeping.
This is in the regular passenger car. The pullman berth above the seat is used for sleeping, there would be drapes that you could close at night for privacy. This berth is folded up during the day.
Traveling Kit & Norah Kathleen thought this bathroom was so funny! Read the sign above the toilet :).
Now we are going to board this Pullman Cornhusker Club car.
Isn't this pretty?
We have selected our seats for the trip.
This car also has the pullman berths for sleeping, The bumped out portion above the seats would pull down and passengers could sleep on the pullman bed inside.
This is a little balcony area at the rear of the Pullman club car.
Look at how long this train car is!
Here we are on this big locomotive. I hope this train doesn't start moving while we are standing on it!
Here is a Union Pacific caboose.
This old stagecoach was used to deliver the U. S. Mail.
Look at the size of this buffalo! We are standing on a buffalo skin.
Now we are in a covered wagon. Can you see the doll and spinning wheel in the wagon bed?
The barrels and crates were loaded into the wagon and contained food items for the family traveling West.
We are posing with Standing Bear.
We are inside an Indian Earth Lodge right now.
The doorway to the Earth Lodge is made out of buffalo hide.
Too bad Kaya isn't here today with us, she would really like this Indian tepee display.
Haha! Can you see us? A lady at the museum was laughing so hard when she saw what host mom & dad were doing with this photo. She asked if she could take our picture too. We said sure!
Here we are inside an old general store.
Here is a school room display. We thought the desks were neat looking.
Look at this old music parlor! Do you see the gramaphone on top of the piano and the zither on the chair?
Here we are in an old kitchen with a wringer washer.
Look at the old crank telephone on the wall and the ice box behind us.
This iron bedstand is pretty neat looking. The room was so high up it was hard to get a good picture of it. Can you see the chamber pot by the bed?
Here we are in a 40's kitchen display. The table reminds us of Molly's table and chairs.
Here is a 50's living room. Look at the old console record player with the 33 RPM albums.
Look at this old school desk! You would store you books underneath the seat.
Now we are helping load the cattle in the stockyards.
At one time Omaha, NE had the largest cattle stockyards in the world and Nebraska was known as "the Beef State". You can see in this photo how large the stockyards were, they covered a huge area of South Omaha. When the cattle were transferred from the cattle trucks into the stockyard pens, cattle crossing gates would block the streets. The cars had to wait until all the cattle crossed the road before they could continue driving.
This is the last trolley car that operated in Omaha many years ago. Host mom said that there are plans to start a trolley line in the Old Market area and downtown Omaha again.
Here we are riding in the trolley car.
Ding, ding, ding went the trolley!
This is the Union Pacific No. 844, this was the last steam engine locomotive built for Union Pacific. The 844 is also known as "the living legend".
This thing is huge!
This display describes the historic trip that Alice Ramsey took 100 years ago. She was the first female to drive across the United States. She departed New York City, NY on June 9, 1909 and arrived in San Francisco, Ca on August 5, 1909.
Look at this neat old car that was on display outside the museum!
Look at us! The nice man who owned this antique Maxwell automobile let us sit inside his car because he thought we were cute. We had such a fun day at the museum!!