Omaha Time Capsule -
Published Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 10:11 am
Omaha Time Capsule

What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.

missouri river pedestrian bridge design revealed

December 17, 2002: The mayors of Omaha and Council Bluffs unveiled a stylish, curved design for the pedestrian bridge that would span the Missouri River. The bridge is part of a major effort to turn the riverfront from an industrial zone to an appealing area for tourists and leisure activities, such as bicycling, walking and running. “It’s a bold design,” Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey said. “It’s a welcome mat to our communities.” Both Fahey and Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan likened the $22.6 million bridge to St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. The comparison conveyed their hope that the bridge would attract thousands of visitors. Construction was expected to conclude in 2005.

1968: The Nebraska Department of Roads was authorized to take a fiscal short cut which could lead to the closing of the Interstate highway gap in downtown Omaha in 1970 and 1971. State Engineer Marvin L. Nuernberger said he received word that the United States Department of Transportation had approved his plan to “reprogram” the use of federal matching funds and possibly advance some state money so that remaining gap-bridging projects could be placed in the hands of contractors by early spring.

1947: An attempt to smash liquor license “monopolies” by banning the transfer of licenses was promised by Mayor Charles Leeman. The mayor said he would push for amendment of the city’s liquor-control laws before the new license year begins next May 1. The amendment would prohibit license transfers.

1990: About 450 Omaha city government retirees and surviving relatives of some 250 others would receive pension bonuses under a plan scheduled for a vote by the City Council. The city would pay civilian employees who retired before 1990 from $375 to $855, depending on years of service and when the person retired. The bonuses would average about $500. Widows, widowers and dependent children of civilian retirees would receive $300. The entire package would cost the city $300,000.

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Iowa West Foundation aids Joslyn Art Museum's repairs
Benson Hall of Fame to honor 8 graduates, 2 former educators
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