Vintage Wheels at the Fort – August 18th

It’s time for Ft. Omaha’s annual auto show; and what a show it is! Not only do you get classic cars from the ’50s, but there are cars from the 1920s and maybe even the 1910s. You can even get an old car ride at the show.

The 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band provides old-time music to go with the old-time cars in the Douglas County Historical Society’s annual car show. Held this year on Sunday, August 18, the band will kick-off its program at noon.

In addition to cars and music, there are some good eats to be had! The aroma of freshly grilled sausage always wafts through the air making everyone’s mouth water.

So come out to Ft. Omaha on Sunday the 18th and enjoy some good music, good food, and see some great old cars! The event is free!

Vintage Wheels at Ft. Omaha

What a beauty!

On a beautiful and sunny August 14th Sunday afternoon, the Douglas County Historical Society hosted their annual car show “Vintage Wheels at the Fort.” Once again 1st Nebraska provided entertainment for the crowds as they strolled up and down Ft. Omaha’s West Street to ooh and aah at the beautifully restored automobiles of bygone eras.

There were several autos from the early 1920s through the 1960s. The beautiful day and the great cars brought the crowd out to admire and

What a beauty!

to listen to the entertainment. In addition to 1st Nebraska there was a vocalist performing songs from the 1920s and 1930s, very appropriate for the age of the autos, and a local polka band, too.

1st Nebraska set-up on the lawn in front of the Gen. Crook House and our music wafted through the tree-lined street and down to the audience. Several folks brought their lawn chairs and set-up on the grass across the street from us. The audience was very appreciative, and one person said, “I came here just to hear your band.” So, it was a very successful and enjoyable outing for us, and thankfully the heat and humidity were low enough that we were comfortable in our wool coats.

Garden crop
In Gen. Crook’s Formal Garden, Ft. Omaha


Serenading at Ft. Omaha

On a warm and humid Sunday, 1st Nebraska serenaded the public from the grassy knoll in front of the the Gen. Crook House at Ft. Omaha. Sponsored by the Douglas County Historical Society the Omaha Model T Club, the fort held “Vintage Wheels at the Fort” displaying several old “Tin Lizzie’s” and other autos from bygone days.

Beautifully restored Gen Crook House on Ft. Omaha
Beautifully restored Gen Crook House on Ft. Omaha

Ft. Omaha was established in 1868 and remained active through World War I. Its layout and buildings are typical of the Civil War era with dark red brick barracks and officers’ quarters and a large parade field in the middle of a quad of buildings. The Gen. Crook house is located on West Road at the back of the fort on a hill overlooking the main administration building. The house has been wonderfully restored and serves as a museum of late victorian era furnishings. Douglas County Historical Society is housed next door with publications and files dating back to the 1860s.

Surrounding Gen. Crook in his garden

1st Nebraska played a variety of patriotic songs of the North and the South, popular songs of the day, and opera medleys. The crowd was very appreciative and several bought their folding lawn chairs and set up on the road across from where we were playing. Following our performance, 1NVBB took the opportunity to shoot some photos–with modern equipment, of course.

After the serenade on the steps of the Gen Crook House
After the serenade on the steps of the Gen Crook House