Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Frederick Adrian


Omaha, unlike perhaps any other city in the United States, had as its first public utility a street transportation system. As an Omaha "first", it has had a long continuous history, easily as old as the State of Nebraska and only thirteen years younger than the city itself. As the institution was so closely connected with and was so contingent upon the city in which it was built, much can be learned from it about Omaha and the conditions that surrounded its growth. Because of Omaha's location on the fringe of the Great Plains and because of its location on the frontier for many years, its influence upon institutions like a street transportation system has implications that are trenchant enough to be part of a broader history of the American West.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate Division The University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in History

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