Lyft, Uber, Cornhusker Cab….remembering The Deuce taxi history

On our walking tour we pass a structure which was once a cab stand.  A 1940 telephone book entry identifies this as the United Cab Company at 24th and Willis Streets.

How could the local community re-open this space to a new use?

….or maybe this could be a spot for our recent taxi wars between Lyft, Uber, Cornhusker, and others?

Read a story from Leo Biga about the owners of the Ritz Cab Co. which also located on 24th Street “back in the day”.

Here is a piece from the Omaha World Herald about a local leader who also drove a cab.









Deuce Third Fridays begin April 18

Each third Friday from April thru September The Deuce is teaming with the Washington Branch of the Omaha Public Library to present The Deuce tour.  Attendees will receive a ticket good for special offers from Deuce area vendors.

Each Deuce Friday tour will feature a special guest.  On April 18 our guest will be Patricia “Big Mama” Givens Barron who will talk food and local history with us.

The May 16 tour will feature singer/poet/writer Portia Love.

Please register at 402-709-2586 or


New space on The Deuce

Last evening the Union of Contemporary Art opened a new gallery space in the lower level of the historic Jewell Building.  Previously, the space had been occupied by the US Postal Service.

Executive Director Brigitte McQueen noted UCA has the space for the next 6 months and plans shows on the second Friday of each month beginning in December. Ms. McQueen noted that “Mike Maroney and the Omaha Economic Development Corporation were very helpful” in providing the space.

The works of Andrew Johnson, a local engineer and artist, were on view last night.


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Black firefighters history

On The Deuce tour, we point out the old fire station located near 21st and Lake Streets.  The site is now owned by the Omaha Black Firefighters Association who is planning a museum or community use for the space.  This station housed the first integrated fire house in Omaha in the mid-1950s.

Recently, the Omaha Word Herald published this story noting a fireman who served at the station.