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Bellevue Local History

The Missouri Fur Company, who served as a central trading point with local Otoe, Omaha and Pawnee tribes, established Bellevue in 1822. The Missouri River, which has access to the Platte valley, made Bellevue the hub for transfer of manufactured goods from the East and furs from the West. The City prospered between the 1830's and the 1850's; unfortunately the boom was short lived.

The Territorial Governor, Francis Burt moved his residence to Bellevue, which made Bellevue the territorial capital. Burt died shortly after his arrival, and the new Governor T. B. Cuming decided to move the territorial capital to Omaha. This caused Bellevue to slip into relative obscurity, with the numbers continuing to slide until the city was nearly extinct.

In the 1880's Bellevue College was established and in the 1890's inexpensive land brought Fort Crook to the Bellevue area. Fort Crook, later named Offutt Air Force Base became home to the huge Martin Bomber plant during World War II and shortly after the war the headquarters of the Strategic Air Command, which brought with it thousands of workers who were to make Bellevue their home. Bellevue's growth today is primarily due to the expanding economy in the civilian sector.

Bellevue Attractions

Bellevue Shopping

Borsheim's Fine Jewellery & Gifts Located in Regency Court, West Central, Bellevue, Nebraska. Borsheim's Fine Jewellery & Gifts offers some of the most stunning pieces of jewelry in the world and has been around for 130 years. The average shopper will find a trove of affordable trinkets; fine Jewellery as well as corporate gifts. Even if you do not want to buy anything, a walk through this store is well worth it to see so many beautiful things on display. The store is open Mondays from 10am to 8pm, Thursdays from 10am to 6pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5:30pm..

Oak View Mall Located in the Southwest, Bellevue, Nebraska. At the Oak View Mall you will find more than 100 different shops and four major department stores, which are Dillard's, Younkers, JC Penney and Sears. There is a large food court, which offers a vast variety to choose from for all those hungry shoppers out there. The Oak View Mall is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm..

Wheatfields Eatery and Bakery Located in West Central, Bellevue, Nebraska. Wheatfields is a European-style Café and is renowned for its crepes, omelettes, casseroles and exquisite deserts. Wheatfields Eatery and Bakery serve lunch as well as dinner, but remember to save some room for desert. You might have a problem deciding which one you would want because there are 50 to choose from. Wheatfields Eatery and Bakery is open Sunday to Tuesday from 6am to 9pm and Wednesday to Saturday from 6am to 10pm.

Bellevue Activities

Omaha Children's Museum Located at 500 South, 20th Street, Omaha, Nebraska. The Children's Museum features several permanent as well as changing exhibits. Some of the permanent features include the Charlie Campbell Science and Technology Center, which allows kids to explore, create and observe science and technology in action. The creative Center, the Kids construction company, the Baker's Store, the Rainbow Farm, the Toddler Exploration Center, The Reading Tree and the Lego Landing, which allows children to build amazing Lego creations..

Henry Doorly Zoo Located at 3701 S. 10th Street, Omaha, Nebraska. The Henry Doorly Zoo focuses mainly on rehabilitation of animals, and the education of the public in regards to animals, and sea life. Some of the exhibits include the Scott Aquarium, 850 000 gallon Shark and Ray exhibit and a sea turtle that has a problem diving and was rescued twice, now calls the Henry Doorly Zoo home. An IMAX theatre is also featured and shows various interesting features.

Bellevue Parks & Gardens

The Omaha Botanical Gardens The Omaha Botanical Gardens was launched in 1982, on 75 acres of land south of downtown Omaha/Bellevue. Flora and fauna from around the world are featured in the Botanical Gardens, as well as the Robert H. Storz Family Rose Garden, an arboretum and an herb garden. The children's garden offers additional activities to keep the youngsters busy for hours. The Omaha Botanical Gardens focuses on educating both adults and children with their beautiful exhibits.The admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for children between 6 and 12 and children under the age of 6 are free. The Botanical Gardens are open daily between 9am and 5pm.

Gerald R. Ford Birth Site and Gardens This beautiful house and gardens was the birth site of former United States President Gerald Ford. At this site, you will learn that in fact, Gerald Ford was born as Leslie King, Jr. There is the Betty Ford Rose Garden; this is the site where the home of Gerald Ford once stood. The house was destroyed by fire twice, but now only a replica exists. There are special displays of White House memorabilia. Admission to the site is free of charge, and is especially beautiful in the summer months.The Gerald R. Ford Birth Site and Gardens is open daily from 7:30am to dusk all year round.

Bellevue Restaurants and Bars

Bellevue Restaurants

Aerodrome Located at 2201 Franklin Street, Bellevue, Nebraska. The theme at the Aerodrome is American and the cuisine is to die for. The food is affordable, and is open daily for lunch as well as dinner. On Sunday there is a brunch, which is something, which everyone needs to experience.

Edelweiss German Restaurant Located at 2403 Towne Centre Drive, Bellevue, NE 68123. Edelweiss German Restaurant is an experience, where everything is focused on Germany. The food is great, and the décor is simple yet stylish. Edelweiss German Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Sizzler Restaurant Located at 1702 Harlan Drive, Bellevue, Nebraska. Sizzler Restaurant knows its steaks, and they are renowned for them. It is the perfect restaurant to bring the family to. The atmosphere is fun and exciting, and children can be found everywhere. Sizzler Restaurant is open for lunch as well as dinner, and has an extensive wine list as well as several beers.

Bellevue Bars & Clubs

The Dubliner Located in the Old Market, downtown Bellevue, Nebraska. The theme at the Dubliner is purely Irish. The green that covers the establishment give no illusion as to where you are. The Dubliner is located underground, once you have descended the stairs, you can enjoy one of the more than 100 varieties of beer, which are on offer, live Irish music and excellent bar food. The atmosphere in The Dubliner is comfortable with a long wooden bar. There is a separate room, which accommodates the band. The Dubliner is open from 11am to 1am daily.

Green Onion Lounge Located in West Central, Bellevue, Nebraska. The Green Onion Lounge is the perfect place to go for a number of different occasions. The Green Onion Lounge is renowned for its stiff drinks and friendly service, which creates for a popular venue for young and old alike. Also on offer at the Green Onion Lounge are a selection of premium domestic beers, comfortable seating and a jukebox filled with easy listening music creating a comfortable atmosphere. The Green Onion Lounge is open from 10am to 1am Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from noon to 1am.

Crescent Moon Ale House Located in downtown Bellevue, Nebraska. The Crescent Moon Ale House draws many into this establishment with its special brews. Beer connoisseurs enjoy some of the regional tastes. The menu includes salads, burgers, sandwiches and a variety of daily specials. The bar is bigger than it looks, but space is limited, so get there early. The Crescent Moon Ale House is open from Monday to Friday from 11am to 1am and on Saturday from 4pm to 1am.

Bellevue children's activities

Omaha Children's Museum Located at 500 South, 20th Street, Omaha, Nebraska. The Children's Museum features several permanent as well as changing exhibits. Some of the permanent features include the Charlie Campbell Science and Technology Center, which allows kids to explore, create and observe science and technology in action. The creative Center, the Kids construction company, the Baker's Store, the Rainbow Farm, the Toddler Exploration Center, The Reading Tree and the Lego Landing, which allows children to build amazing Lego creations..

Henry Doorly Zoo Located at 3701 S. 10th Street, Omaha, Nebraska. The Henry Doorly Zoo focuses mainly on rehabilitation of animals, and the education of the public in regards to animals, and sea life. Some of the exhibits include the Scott Aquarium, 850 000 gallon Shark and Ray exhibit and a sea turtle that has a problem diving and was rescued twice, now calls the Henry Doorly Zoo home. An IMAX theatre is also featured and shows various interesting features.

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