Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles (15 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River.

Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha.

Brown is generally credited as having the first vision for a city where Omaha now sits.

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Also headquartered in Omaha are First National Bank of Omaha, the largest privately held bank in the United States; three of the nation's largest 10 architecture/engineering firms: DLR Group, HDR, Inc., and Leo A Daly; the Gallup Organization, of Gallup Poll fame; and its riverfront Gallup University.

Enron began in Omaha as Northern Natural Gas in 1930, before taking over a smaller Houston company in 1985 to form Inter North, which Kenneth Lay moved permanently to Houston, in 1987.

Omaha introduced this new West to the world in 1898, when it played host to the World's Fair, dubbed the Trans-Mississippi Exposition.

During the 19th century, Omaha's central location in the United States spurred the city to become an important national transportation hub.

The word Omaha (actually Umoⁿhoⁿ or Umaⁿhaⁿ) means "Dwellers on the bluff".

In 1804 the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed by the riverbanks where the city of Omaha would be built.Throughout the rest of the 19th century, the transportation and jobbing sectors were important in the city, along with its railroads and breweries.In the 20th century, the Omaha Stockyards, once the world's largest, and its meatpacking plants gained international prominence.The city's pioneering history is celebrated at two sculpture parks, Pioneer Courage and Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness and The Transcontinental Railroad.The economy of Omaha boomed and busted through its early years.The treaty and cession involving the Omaha area occurred in 1854 when the Omaha Tribe ceded most of east-central Nebraska.