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On May 6, 1975, an F4 tornado tore through Omaha, causing incredible damage. Benson suffered much damage, and was closed off to the public by armed guards to allow homeowners and volunteers try to salvage as much personal property as … Continue reading
The completion of Northwest Radial Highway through Benson was a really big deal. The Aug. 29, 1957, story read: “West Section of Northwest Radial Dedicated With a Bit of Pomp and Ceremony and Lots of Kids Hundreds of children swarmed … Continue reading
A 1951 newspaper clip and photo told the story of how one of the oldest buildings in Benson was about to be torn down. The building most recently housed a machine shop, locksmith, and carpenter shop and was located at … Continue reading
Those of us who grew up near Benson remember the “Big, One Day Only Sidewalk Sale.”
The Benson Theatre opened in 1923 as the Benalto Theater. It was part of a neighborhood chain of theaters 1927 to 1953. The Benson Theatre Project is currently trying to restore it as a shared community space.
Have you ever heard of a chautauqua? They were traveling shows known as circuit chautauquas that brought all forms of entertainment to towns across the country. A chautauqua featured speakers, musicians, movies, politicians and preachers. Theodore Roosevelt called it “the … Continue reading
The weekly Benson Times was established by Lew Raber in 1903 and sold by him in 1907. It had a reputation of being quite the bulldog, even going after larger papers such as The World-Herald and the Chicago American. The … Continue reading
Krug Park was an amusement park located on North 52nd Street. It was founded in 1895 by Charles Tietz and purchased by the Frederick Krug Brewing Company in the early 1900s. A beer garden, swimming pool and amusement rides were … Continue reading
We don’t have dates for these images taken in Benson, but they’re interesting nonetheless. The Krug Brewery was founded in Benson in 1859. More on local breweries.