Monday, November 15, 2010

Deer Park Recognized as an Omaha Neighborhood

I feel it is important that the first post of A Rich Past, address the Deer Park neighborhood’s recognition as an official neighborhood in Omaha,  Nebraska. According to city records, on May 13, 1886, owners and proprietors of the green space named Deer Park, approved their land be donated for the public use as the future Deer Park Neighborhood. Had it not been for these former land owner's generosity, it is possible that this neighborhood would not be here today. I located the 1886 Deer Park Neighborhood plat application that contained the neighborhood's proposed boundaries and the signatures of land owners, Anna M. G. McCornick and George T. Mills. Below you can the transfer statement, accompanied with Mrs. McConick and Mr. Mill's signatures.
Thus far, I have been able to learn much more of the two generous land owners, other than Mr. Mills, 5 years later, opened a real estate  office in the new Deer Park Neighborhood. The neighborhood was originally platted to house 242 property parcels within a  13 block area. The street boundaries were set at 15th in the east, 20th street in the west, north and adjacent of Spring,  and south and adjacent of Boulevard. If you look just below you can see the 1886 surveyed neighborhood boundaries. An interesting point that should be explored is that this plat of Deer Park was adjacent to the then infamous “Sheelytown”, a historic South Omaha Irish neighborhood 

Oscar Duran: Deer Park President