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Omaha has long been a magnet for entrepreneurs and pioneers seeking riches, stretching back to the early settlers who set up trading posts to wheel and deal with local tribes, to the modern day “Oracle of Omaha”, Warren Buffet, whose fortunes and Midas touch are well documented. The city currently has the most millionaires per capita in the United States. Visitors will find that Omaha offers a wealth of activity, history and culture.
Renowned explorers Lewis and Clark travelled through the area that would become Omaha in the early 1800s, during which time the city gained the nickname “Gateway to the West”. Many of the travellers must have liked what they saw – and stayed – because Omaha grew into the largest city in Nebraska and the nation's centre for meat packing. Warehousing, food distribution and railway lines became important to Omaha's economy.Packaged goods giant ConAgra is headquartered in Omaha, with its focus on American mainstays like the frozen dinner and other prepared foods.
If you are looking for fresher fare when visiting, Omaha is divided into several unique ethnic neighbourhoods including Little Italy, Little Bohemia and Little Mexico – each with its own flavour. Looking to get the best bang for your buck? Omaha's stockyards are said to produce some of the greatest steaks you can find and the city is known for having a wide range of restaurants suiting all tastes and budgets.
The Old Market is a major historic district in Downtown Omaha with shops, bars, restaurants, galleries and museums running along cobblestone streets. Omaha has many historically preserved areas along its sprawling parks and boulevards, including sites from the 1898 World's Fair. The Henry Doorly Zoo is regarded as one of the world's prominent zoos, with claims to the world's largest geodesic dome, indoor desert, and nocturnal exhibit.
Omaha's entertainment scene boasts a strong music history stretching from its early days as a blues, jazz and funk hotspot to the well-developed independent rock labels present in the city today. The weekend is a great time to catch one of the local acts in a live show. Movie goers can also see a film at Dundee Theater, a classic one-screen theatre. If you're lucky, you just might happen to catch a movie featuring one of Omaha's great actors including Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando and Nick Nolte.
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