Bellevue is a city in Sarpy County, United States and a southern suburb of Omaha. This suburb has little industry and a shrinking population. Many confuse it with Bellevue, Washington a sprawling technological hub, a suburb of Seattle; the population was 50,137 at the 2010 census. Bellevue is part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Settled in the 1830s, Bellevue was incorporated in 1855 and is the oldest continuous town in Nebraska; the Nebraska State Legislature has credited the town as being the second oldest settlement in Nebraska. It was once the seat of government in Nebraska. Bellevue is located at an elevation of 1159 ft. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.02 square miles, of which, 15.85 square miles is land and 0.17 square miles is water. It is bounded on the east by the Missouri River; as of the census of 2010, there were 50,137 people, 19,142 households, 13,371 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,163.2 inhabitants per square mile.
There were 20,591 housing units at an average density of 1,299.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 81.5% White, 6.0% African American, 0.7% Native American, 2.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 5.4% from other races, 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.9% of the population. There were 19,142 households of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, 30.1% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.11. The median age in the city was 34.8 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 44,382 people, 16,937 households, 11,940 families residing in the city.
The population density was 3,346.4 people per square mile. There were 17,439 housing units at an average density of 1,314.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 85.83% White, 6.13% African American, 0.50% Native American, 2.11% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 2.78% from other races, 2.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.88% of the population. There were 16,937 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.5% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.09. In the city, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males. As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $47,201, the median income for a family was $54,422. Males had a median income of $33,819 versus $25,783 for females; the per capita income for the city was $20,903. About 4.1% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over. Henry T. Clarke Sr. merchant and legislator, father of Henry Clarke Henry Clarke and baseball player Tyler Cloyd, baseball pitcher Abbie Cornett, Nebraska state legislator William Forsee, Presidential elector Bob Gibson, baseball player and hall of famer Leisha Hailey, musician Manny Lawson, football player Don Preister, Nebraska State Senator Terry D. Scott, tenth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Molly Schuyler, competitive eating champion Regis F. A. Urschler, USAF Brigadier General and P-51 air show pilot Krista Webster, glass eye inventor Bellevue Public Schools Great Plains Art Museum Moses Merill Mission Offutt Air Force Base US Strategic Command Sarpy County Historical Museum City of Bellevue Website Bellevue Public Schools Bellevue Police Department Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Sarpy County Museum Bellevue Medical Center Bellevue University Olde Towne Bellevue
The Omaha World-Herald is the primary newspaper serving the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. It is based in Nebraska. For decades it circulated daily throughout Nebraska and Iowa and in parts of Kansas, South Dakota, Missouri and Wyoming. In 2008, distribution was reduced to the eastern third of western Iowa. Since 2011, it has been owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Media based in Omaha. Since June 2018, The World-Herald and the rest of the BH Media Group has been managed by Lee Enterprises, the Davenport, Iowa-based newspaper chain that Buffett chose to manage the 30 daily Berkshire papers; the World-Herald was the largest employee-owned newspaper in the United States. On November 30, 2011, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway announced plans to buy the newspaper; the World-Herald had for many years been the newspaper with the highest penetration rate – the percentage of people who subscribe to the publication within the paper's home circulation area – in the United States. The Omaha World-Herald Company operates the website Omaha.com, the region's most popular website by all measures of traffic.
The company dubs its downtown Omaha production center the John Gottschalk Freedom Center. The Freedom Center houses its three printing presses, which can each print 75,000 papers per hour, are considered to be some of the most advanced in the world. In 2006, the company purchased the 16-story former Northwestern Bell/Qwest Communications building in downtown Omaha as a new base for its news, editorial and business operations; the newspaper has bureaus in Lincoln and Washington, D. C. Throughout the region, The World-Herald's parent company owns smaller daily and weekly newspapers, which contribute to its World-Herald News Service; the World-Herald has won three Pulitzer Prizes, including the esteemed Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded in 1943. 1920 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing: Harvey E. Newbranch for an editorial entitled "Law and the Jungle," which decried the lynching of a black man on the lawn of the Douglas County Courthouse. Newbranch was the first editorial writer to win a Pulitzer under his own name—as opposed to awards for unsigned staff editorials—in opinion writing.
1943 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service: For its initiative and originality in planning a statewide campaign for the collection of scrap metal for the war effort. The Nebraska plan was adopted on a national scale by the daily newspapers, resulting in a united effort which succeeded in supplying American war industries with necessary scrap material. 1944 Pulitzer Prize for Photography: Earle L. Bunker for his photo entitled "Homecoming"; the newspaper was founded in 1885 by Gilbert M. Hitchcock as the Omaha Evening World, it purchased George L. Miller's Omaha Herald in 1889; the paper was established as an independent political voice but moved to the Democratic Party column. William Jennings Bryan was its editor in 1894–1896. Hitchcock served three terms in the U. S. House of Representatives and, starting in two Senate terms, it was a more objective voice than the Omaha Bee, which tended to sensationalize news to drum up sales. His son-in-law, Henry Doorly, took control of the paper after Hitchcock's death in 1934.
The editorial page began leaning Republican after Hitchcock's death. Over his lifetime, Doorly served 58 years at the paper. In 1963, the World Publishing Company, owned by heirs of the Hitchcock/Doorly families, sold the World-Herald to local businessman Peter Kiewit, a construction magnate whose namesake company is a member of the Fortune 500; when he died, Kiewit left provisions in his will to ensure that the paper would remain locally owned, with a large part of the plan securing employee ownership. On November 30, 2011, the Omaha World-Herald announced that Berkshire Hathaway would buy the newspaper for $150 million pending a vote by its shareholders, including active employees, retired employees and the Peter Kiewit Foundation. Included in the sale were the World-Herald subsidiary newspapers in Council Bluffs, Kearney, Grand Island, York, North Platte and Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Charles G. Hall: photojournalist Gilbert M. Hitchcock: founder, editor George L. Miller: founder Thomas Tibbles: assistant editor Elia W. Peattie: Chief editorial writer, 1889–1896 William Jennings Bryan: Editor, 1894–1896 Henry Doorly: Editor, publisher, 1934–1950 Peter Kiewit: Owner, 1963–1979 Harvey E. Newbranch: Writer, winner of 1920 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing at the paper Paul Henderson: Writer John Gottschalk: Former publisher and CEO.
William Newton Byers was a founding figure of Omaha, serving as the first deputy surveyor of the Nebraska Territory, on the first Omaha City Council, as a member of the first Nebraska Territorial Legislature. He was an early settler of Denver and the founder and editor of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. From Ohio, Byers moved with his parents to Iowa in 1851, to Omaha, Nebraska as the city was being laid out in 1854. There he became the first deputy surveyor in the Nebraska Territory, in which capacity he created the first official plat of Omaha. A partnership with Andrew J. Poppleton led Byers to make the first map of the city of Omaha. Soon afterwards he became a member of the first city council, a member of the first session of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature, convened January 16, 1855, in Omaha. In 1859 Byers moved to Denver to take advantage of recent gold strikes in the area. Taking the printing presses of the defunct Bellevue Gazette by oxcart, he and J. H. Kellom were the authors of a handbook to the gold fields, published that year.
Robert W. Furnas, in 1859 associated with the Nebraska Advertiser recalled that Byers had bought the equipment of the defunct and had it taken by ox team to Denver in western Kansas Territory, where he used it in the publication of the Rocky Mountain News; the Rocky Mountain News was the first newspaper printed in Colorado. Upon moving to Denver he built and lived in several mansions, including the one now known as the Byers-Evans House; the Byers-Evans House is now a museum, is located next to the Denver Art Museum in downtown Denver. Around 1889 Byers and his wife relocated outside of the city of Denver into the community known as "South Denver,", organized as a "dry" community, they lived in a mansion on a large tract of land between Pearl streets. Byers was an avid horticulturalist and planted a wide variety of tree species on his property; some of the trees he planted may still be on the property today, around the periphery of William N. Byers Junior High School. After the Byers couple vacated their mansion and farm, the house was demolished and the property was used for Byers Junior High School, dedicated to the Denver Public Schools in 1921.
As a former territorial surveyor, it is not surprising. While living in Denver, he spent considerable time in the mountains. In 1863, the artist Albert Bierstadt asked him to serve as a guide, he led Bierstadt on an expedition from Idaho Springs, Colorado to the summit of the mountain Bierstadt named Mount Rosalie known as Mount Evans. Bierstadt's masterpiece Storm in the rocky mountains was based on that trip. In 1863 Byers purchased Hot Sulphur Springs in northern Colorado from a Minnesota Sioux woman in a shady deal, causing the real owners, the Ute tribe, to unsuccessfully sue. Byers' plans to turn it into "America's Switzerland" were foiled by the failure of the railroad to arrive until 1928. William N. Byers was buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. A 1964 episode of the Western anthology series Death Valley Days purported to be the story of the establishment of the Rocky Mountain News, with Byers portrayed by actor Jerome Courtland. Byers biography Longer biography of Byers William Byers at Find a Grave Town of Hot Sulphur Springs website
Canada Bill Jones
William "Canada Bill" Jones was a native of Yorkshire, England who became a noted confidence artist, riverboat gambler and card sharp in Canada and the United States. He has been described by historians, news reporters and others who have written about his life since the late 19th century with such superlatives as "the greatest of confidence men" and "without doubt the greatest three-card-monte sharp to work the boats the greatest of them all." Born in a Romanichal tent in Yorkshire, Jones learned the techniques of his future trade at a young age, honed his skills into his late teenage years. In 1860, he emigrated to Canada, where he learned and perfected his three-card monte skills while travelling with Dick Cady as a "thrower". Heading south to the United States, he found success as a Mississippi riverboat gambler, teaming up with George Devol, Holly Chappell and Tom Brown. Brown's share alone was $240,000. After the foursome broke up, Jones and Devol continued working the boats until the pair severed their relationship sometime around the outbreak of the American Civil War when both accused each other of cheating.
Several people who knew Jones reported that he was a kind and charitable man. A detective described him "as gentle as a woman and as cunning as a fox" and "could beat any man at his own game", adding that Jones liked to "snake in" the greenhorns. Devol stated that he once witnessed Jones hand $50 to a Sister of Charity he passed on the street. According to Allan Pinkerton, founder of America's Pinkerton National Detective Agency: personal appearance, most ludicrous, undeniably had much to do with his success, he was the veritable country gawky, the ridiculous, absurd creature, so imperfectly imitated on and off the stage for years, whose true description can scarcely be written. He was six feet high, with dark eyes and hair, always had a smooth-shaven face, full of seams and wrinkles, that were put to all manner of difficult expressions with a marvelous facility and ease. All this coupled with long, loose-jointed arms, thin, a trifle unsteady legs, a shambling, awkward gait, this remarkable face and head bent forward and turned a little to one side, like an inquiring and wise owl, an outfit of Granger clothing, the entire cost of which never exceeded fifteen dollars—made a combination that never failed to call a smile to a stranger’s face, or awaken a feeling of curiosity and interest wherever he might be seen.
One striking difference between Canada Bill and all the other sharpers of his ilk lay in the fact that he was the thing he seemed to be…. Hose who knew him, as far as it was possible to know the wandering vagabond that he was, assert that he was the most unaffected and simple-hearted of human beings. Post-war, Jones moved to Kansas City, where he partnered with "Dutch Charlie". After winning $200,000 there, they began working the Omaha, Nebraska to Kansas City trains until the Union Pacific Railroad management started clamping down on three-card monte players. In response, Jones wrote to the general superintendent of the railroad, offering $10,000 a year to secure an exclusive franchise while other accounts reported that he offered Union Pacific's officers $1000 a month or $30,000 a year if they would let him play monte on their trains, but those offers were rebuffed. Jones moved in 1874, teaming up with Jimmy Porter and "Colonel" Charlie Starr. While there, he opened and worked four gambling houses, all with criminal histories.
Winning and losing as much as $150,000 in a year, he was duped by other gamblers during short card cons. Moving on to Cleveland with Porter, he continued to lose to professionals there as fast as he won from his marks. After relocating to Berks County, Pennsylvania in 1877, Jones fell ill with consumption. A pauper, he was admitted to the charity hospital in Pennsylvania for treatment. 40 years old at the time of his death there on October 22, 1877, he was buried at Reading's Charles Evans Cemetery. Reading's mayor was reimbursed for the funeral by the gamblers of Chicago. John Quinn wrote in Fools of Fortune that:... as the coffin was being lowered into the grave, one of his friends offered to bet $1,000 to $500 that `Bill was not in the box.' The offer found no takers, for the reason, as one of his acquaintances said,'that he had known Bill to squeeze through tighter holes than that'. The German writer Karl May wrote two stories about Canada Bill Jones: Ein Self-man and Three carde monte; the narrator meets several times with the young Abraham Lincoln and together they oppose "Kanada-Bill."
On, May revised the latter story for integration in Old Surehand II, adding a fictional cause of death. In the 1998 poker film Rounders, the main character, played by Matt Damon, quotes Canada Bill Jones, saying "It's immoral to let a sucker keep his money." In Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Mr. Wednesday tells the "it's the only game in town" story about Canada Bill Jones, calling it the finest line of poetry spoken in America
Lone Tree Ferry
The Lone Tree Ferry known as the Council Bluffs and Nebraska Ferry Company, was the crossing of the Missouri River at Council Bluffs and Omaha, Nebraska, US, established in 1850 by William D. Brown. Brown was the first pioneer to see the potential for a city on the site, the landing became a popular gathering site for the first settlers of the Nebraska Territory. Named after a solitary tree on the Nebraska bank of the river, the Lone Tree Ferry became central to the founding and development of the City of Omaha. William Brown was headed west from Mount Pleasant, Iowa in the California Gold Rush of 1849 when he decided to stay in Council Bluffs. In 1850 he outfitted a flat boat with oars and obtained a charter from the Pottawatomie County Commissioners to operate a ferry across the Missouri River, at which point he illegally staked out 160 acres of the prime Missouri Valley flatland which became Omaha, it was from this position. The point which he launched from on the Nebraska side was purportedly in the Miller's Landing area.
Brown convinced 12 businessmen, including Dr. Enos Lowe, Jesse Lowe, Jesse Williams, Joseph H. D. Street, all of Kanesville, that the Omaha plateau was an ideal spot for a city. On July 23, 1853 they formed the Council Bluffs and Nebraska Ferry Company. In addition to owning ferry boats the company owned property on both sides of the Missouri River. In September 1853 the company bought a steamboat from Alton, Illinois called the General Marion. In its early years the company was the instrumental force in getting settlers into the Nebraska Territory. Early in 1854 the company built the first building and first hotel in Omaha. During the next summer the organizers of the ferry company surveyed and laid out the town site for Omaha City west of the Missouri River; the first commercial building in Omaha belonged to the ferry company, which donated its services as the legislative chambers for the first territorial legislature and the first post office. Prior to the completion of the Omaha railroad bridge in April 1872 the Union Pacific railroad transfer boats carried the trains across to the Nebraska side.
In the winter an ice bridge was constructed for the train to use. In 1862 Captain W. W. Marsh bought a large interest in the company and the next spring took charge of the business; the company ran a twenty-year charter which featured a variety of boats until 1872, when the Union Pacific railroad opened the first bridge across the Missouri River. That bridge made the ferry service obsolete at the end of the contract term after it was constructed in 1888. People associated with the ferry company included pioneers such as Dr. Enos Lowe, Jesse Lowe, Jesse Williams, Joseph H. D. Street, all of whom resided in Kanesville, now known as Council Bluffs; the president of the incorporated company was Dr. Enos Lowe, the other members were Sam S. Bayliss, Joseph H. D. Street and Williams, Samuel Curtis and Downs, others. There has been speculation about the location of the Lone Tree Ferry landing. One source places the Nebraska side at the east end of present-day Davenport Street in Omaha and the east bank on West Broadway in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
However, in 2004 a map expert using GPS and old maps identified a location by the Gallup University as the location. Transportation in Omaha History of Omaha Founding figures of Omaha, Nebraska
History of Omaha, Nebraska
The history of Omaha, Nebraska began before the settlement of the city, with speculators from neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa staking land across the Missouri River illegally as early as the 1840s. When it was legal to claim land in Indian Country, William D. Brown was operating the Lone Tree Ferry to bring settlers from Council Bluffs to Omaha. A treaty with the Omaha Tribe allowed the creation of the Nebraska Territory, Omaha City was founded on July 4, 1854. With early settlement came claim jumpers and squatters, the formation of a vigilante law group called the Omaha Claim Club, one of many claim clubs across the Midwest. During this period many of the city's founding fathers received lots in Scriptown, made possible by the actions of the Omaha Claim Club; the club's violent actions led to the U. S. Supreme Court trial, Baker v. Morton, which led to the end of the organization. Surrounded by small towns and cities that competed for business from the hinterland's farmers, the city suffered a major setback in the Panic of 1857.
Despite this, Omaha emerged as the largest city in Nebraska. After losing the Nebraska State Capitol to Lincoln in 1867, many business leaders rallied and created the Jobbers Canyon in downtown Omaha to outfit farmers in Nebraska, South Dakota and further west, their entrepreneurial success allowed them to build mansions in Kountze Place and the Old Gold Coast neighborhoods. With the development of the Omaha Stockyards and neighboring packinghouses in the 1870s, several workers' housing areas, including Sheelytown, developed in South Omaha, its growth happened so that the town was nicknamed the "Magic City". The latter part of the 19th century saw the formation of several fraternal organizations, including the formation of Knights of Aksarben. City leaders rallied for the creation of the Trans-Mississippi Exposition in 1898. During the Expo, famous madames Anna Wilson and Ada Everleigh were making a good living from the crowds. At the same time, Boss Tom Dennison compounded the city's vices in the notorious Sporting District, with the full support of eight-term mayor "Cowboy" James Dahlman.
Many of these early pioneers are buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery. City leaders created Omaha University in 1908. With reform administrations in the 1930s and 40s, the city became a meatpacking powerhouse. Several regional beer breweries developed, including Metz and Krug companies; the city's southern suburb became home to the Strategic Air Command in the late 1940s. Labor unrest in the 1930s resulted in organizing of the meatpacking plants by the CIO-FCW, which built an interracial partnership and achieved real gains for the workers for some decades. After World war Two, blacks in Omaha as in other parts of the nation began to press harder for civil rights. Veterans believed; some organizations had been formed, but they became more active, leading into the city's Civil Rights Movement. Suburbanization and highway expansion led to white flight to newer housing and development of middle and upper-class areas in West Omaha from the 1950s through the 1970s; the ethnically diverse areas of North and South Omaha became more concentrated by economics and class.
These workers suffered dramatic job losses during the industrial restructuring that increased in the 1960s, poverty became more widespread. Omaha's location near the confluence of the Missouri River and Platte River has long made the location a key point of transfer for both people and goods. Since the 17th century, the Pawnee, Otoe and Ioway all variously occupied the land that became Omaha. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries when they were the most powerful Indians along the stretch of the Missouri River north of the Platte, the Omaha nation moved on the western edge of present-day Bellevue, Nebraska. Prior to European-American establishment of the city, numerous Indian tribes had inhabited the area, including the Pawnee, Sioux, the Missouri and Ioway, they had developed a semi-nomadic lifestyle necessary for survival on the Great Plains. The Pawnee and Otoe tribes had inhabited the region for hundreds of years by the time the Siouan-language Omaha tribe had arrived from the lower Ohio valley in the early 18th century.
Translated, the word "Omaha" means "Dwellers on the Bluff". The word is translated "against the current" but in those cases without quoting any source. After a smallpox outbreak, suffering cultural degradation, the elimination of the buffalo, continued property loss, in 1856 the Omaha sold the last of their claims and relocated to their present reservation north in Thurston County, Nebraska. On July 21, 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed by the riverbanks that would become the city of Omaha. On July 22 the Corps of Discovery established a camp near present-day Bellevue for five nights, naming it "Camp White Catfish." On the 27th, William Clark and Reuben Fields investigated mysterious earthen mounds close to where 8th and Douglas Streets and the Heartland of America Park are today in Downtown Omaha. That night they camped in an area, Eppley Airfield today; the expedition stopped at a point about 20 miles north of present-day Omaha, at which point they first met with the Otoe. They had a council meeting with members of the tribal leadership on the west side of the Missouri River.
The first recorded instance of a black person in the Omaha area was "York", an enslaved African American who accompanied William Clark on the Expedition. The Astor Expedition came through in 1811. Stephen Long passed through the Omaha area in 1819 on his Platte River Expediti
Anna Wilson (madam)
Anna Wilson was a pioneer madam in Omaha, Nebraska. When she died she bequeathed her life savings to the City of Omaha, along with her 25-room mansion brothel, used as a hospital. Wilson was responsible for "establishing Omaha's first serious comfort station", was known as the "Queen of the Underworld." Little is known about Wilson's early life. Unsubstantiated rumors circulated around Omaha that she was born into an aristocratic Southern family. Wilson and her long-time partner, Dan Allen, were together in 1870, when famous Lincoln prostitute Josie Washburn worked for her. Wilson assumed the role of a parent if one of the prostitutes that worked for her got married, including paying the wedding expenses. After Allen died Wilson started investing in real estate, she amassed a large amount of money, according to one account, half her fortune was made in the last ten years of her life from the purchase and sale of real estate. By 1886, her initial career choice provided sufficient funds for her to build a 25-room mansion at 912 Douglas Street.
It was a 25-room building with racy artwork. She lived there until she left what was known as "the Sporting District." Wilson bequeathed the famous gabled brothel on Douglas Street to the city when she died in 1911. It became the Omaha Emergency Hospital and for many years served as a communicable-disease treatment center; the city would not accept the donation outright, so Wilson compromised and asked for $125.00 a month rent to be paid to her until she died. The building was razed in the 1940s. In 1910 Wilson moved to a fine home at 2018 Wirt Street in the fashionable Kountze Park neighborhood in North Omaha. Anna, 76 years old when she died, was said to be worth upwards of a million dollars, claimed she didn't have one relative in the world. Wilson is buried in Omaha's Prospect Hill Cemetery next to Dan Allen. In her will, Wilson made a clause that she should be buried under nine feet of concrete, so that the "respectable" society women of the town didn't disinter her body from her resting place by Allen and move it out of Prospect Hill.
An immense polished stone in the dimensions of a king-size bed with four posts rests over the double graves of Wilson and Allen. Following Anna's death, on each Memorial Day, a wreath was laid on Wilson's grave by Mrs. Thomas L. Kimball because of Anna's generosity over the years toward the Creche Home for Children. Mrs. Kimball's son, Thomas Rogers Kimball, continued the tradition after her death. Thomas was a prominent architect whose buildings include St. Cecilia's Cathedral, the old Public Library, the Burlington Station. After his death in 1934, the tradition stopped; the Prospect Hill Preservation Society celebrates an annual Memorial Day event. In 1997 they honoured Wilson; the Durham Western Heritage Museum offers tours related to the story of Anna Wilson, along with other notorious characters from the "Gritty City". A neighborhood bar & restaurant, named "Wilson & Washburn" in an historic building at 1407 Harney, was opened in 2013; the business is named after her former employee, Josie Washburn.
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