Ollie Partners With Brite Ideas For Holiday Light Tours

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We’ve partnered with our friends at Brite Ideas to decorate our trolleys and make our Holiday Light Tours even more special.

Stop by and visit Brite Ideas Decorating for the best in holiday lighting and décor. Their new showroom at 156th and Blondo is open seven days a week and is full of ideas for the season.

They offer custom design, installation, and storage as well as the largest selection of lights and holiday decorations. Store hours are Mon-Sat 9AM-8PM and Sun 11AM-6PM.

Click here to receive a price quote for a Holiday Light Tour or special event.

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Warren Buffett Endorses, Uses Ollie The Trolley

The Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett wants voters to show up on Election Day. And to do that, he’s relying on Ollie the Trolley.

“Today, I reserved Ollie the Trolley for November 8th,” said Warren Buffett.

The billionaire launched the website Drive2Vote.org. It not only helps people learn how to register to vote, but helps them find transportation to the polls.

In this video, Buffett vowed to personally escort voters to the polls – and take selfies – via trolleys provided by Omaha transportation service Ollie the Trolley.

“We’ve had an uptick in sales and reservations, that’s for sure,” said Ollie the Trolley owner, George Davis, about the impact of Buffett’s unexpected endorsement.

Need transportation for your corporate event, holiday lights tour, or wedding day transportation? Click here for a quote.

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The Firm Deal Winter 2015

Ollie the Trolley
An Omaha classic finds new owners and new life.
Written by Kara Wesely
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

View the Firm Deal Winter 2015 Issue here.

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Holiday Lights Festival

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The Wells Fargo Family Festival offers an afternoon of free family fun. Downtown arts and cultural institutions will provide free admission and hands-on activities for the entire family. Free trolley service provided by Ollie the Trolley will connect all participating locations from noon to 5 p.m. Families are encouraged to “Shine the Light on Hunger” and bring non-perishable foods and household goods for donation. Food donation barrels will be located at each Family Festival venue.

Official site: http://www.holidaylightsfestival.org

Every year, Ollie the Trolley participates in the Holiday Lights Festival, making it a special experience for everyone attending the event!

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Wells Fargo presents this year’s Holiday Lights Family Festival, offering the community an opportunity to experience many of Omaha’s leading downtown attractions for free. This year’s Family Festival will be held Sunday, December 7, from noon to 5 p.m. A free trolley service will connect the participating venues described below. Each site will offer free admission and family activities. In addition, select Omaha musicians will perform at The Durham Museum, W. Dale Clark Public Library, the Wells Fargo Bank downtown branch and Joslyn Art Museum.

Wells Fargo Bank, 20th and Douglas Streets

Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 South 20th Street

Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn, 615 Leavenworth Street

Tour the stables and visit with Santa!

The Durham Museum, 801 South 10th Street

W. Dale Clark Library, 215 South 15th Street

Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street

Ollie the Trolley will provide free trolley rides between locations. Have fun participating in holiday sing-alongs during your travels!

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Students clean up downtown Omaha

Central High School, Downtown Omaha, Inc. organize annual event
By Chinh Doan
UPDATED 4:38 PM CDT Apr 19, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. —On Earth Day weekend, more than 100 young volunteers helped spruce up downtown Omaha.

Students from Central High School worked to keep the Old Market fresh during the 17th annual Omaha Downtown Cleanup.

“I’m seeing a lot of cigarettes on the ground and a lot of random paper, and ads and stuff,” said Amani Pope, a sophomore.

The area is near and dear to Pope.
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“The Old Market is like my home,” Pope said. “I see it as a beautiful place so I want everybody else to see it like that.”

Volunteers were able to make the most of their time thanks to Ollie the Trolley giving them a ride.

Students have been working together to promote volunteerism.

“We’ve been getting a lot of attention,” said Garson Sears, a junior.

Tim Chasteen stopped by while visiting from Kansas City.

“This is a nice part of town, and I think everybody enjoys being down here, and it was really nice to see them helping to clean it up,” Chasteen said.

The students said they hope visitors come back to Omaha.

“I don’t really see anything better I could be doing right now because it’s a good feeling,” Sears said.

Central High School and Downtown Omaha, Inc. organized the cleanup efforts. Local businesses donated trash bags and food.

Original article.

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Trolley takes Omahans on “Gritty City” stroll

By Lindsey Peterson, KVNO News

August 9th, 2011

Omaha, NE – Omaha’s underbelly of centuries past was exposed for all to see in a tour put on by the Durham Museum. Red light districts, political bosses and revolutionary architecture are all on the menu.

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Rolling around downtown in Ollie the Trolley, perhaps Omaha’s most nostalgic mode of transportation, Durham’s tour guide Molly Gruber, educated passengers of Omaha’s upstanding, founding gentlemen.

“Those early businessmen, who came to Omaha to help us grow and prosper, weren’t actually the most legitimate of all citizens,” Gruber said. “They were raised on the three “R”s of ruthlessness, restlessness, and resourcefulness; not reading, writing, and arithmetic.”

Some of the most revered gentlemen of Omaha, including one of the Creighton brothers, had a few run-ins with the law, mostly for drunken misconduct, according to Gruber.

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Bouncing along downtown, Gruber told about the earliest streets of Omaha–unpaved and unkempt, the streets overflowed with mud and sewage, so thick lace-up boots would be suctioned right off of the feet of the women who wore them.

The most exciting part of the tour began as the trolley rounded Riverfront Drive…

“Welcome to the Red Light District of Omaha,” said Gruber.

The red light district boomed with brothels in the late 1800’s, mostly ran by madams or what Gruber called “businesswomen.” Stopping near the Courtyard Marriott on 10th and Dodge, Gruber pointed out the former spot of perhaps Omaha’s most famous lady of the night, Anna Wilson. Wilson, who became known as the “Queen of the Underworld,” was a savvy businesswoman, who took care of her employees.

“Anna believed in the sanctity of marriage as well as true love,” said Gruber. “So if any of her girls found that, then she held the most elaborate weddings and receptions Omaha had ever seen. If the marriage ever fell on hard times financially, then Anna would help them until they could get back on their feet again. If the marriage failed for any reason, then Anna took that girl back, and got her back on her feet again doing whatever it was she possibly wanted.”

After her death in 1911, Wilson was buried a few feet above her business partner and boyfriend, Dan Allen, in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in north Omaha, but not without controversy.

“Prospect Hill refused to sell Anna Wilson a plot,” Gruber explained. “They said she should be buried in a pauper’s grave. They did not want Omaha’s most notorious madam buried in their cemetery.”

“She also bought plots at Forest Lawn Cemetery,” Gruber said, “And if Prospect Hill continued to have issues with her being laid to rest there, then she was to be moved, and any and all money she had willed to Prospect Hill was supposed to be reverted over to Forest Lawn. So Anna Wilson is still laid to rest at Prospect Hill Cemetery.”

In fact, Wilson was encased in nine feet of cement to avoid future excavation by disapproving citizens.

The tour rolled on with Gruber pointing out other brothels, gambling dens and hang outs, some standing and some long torn down. In fact, it was such a den of debauchery, one writer urged travelers to stay away completely, as Gruber explained, reading an excerpt of a poem published in an 1869 edition of Harper’s Magazine: “Where everything is overdone and everyone is underpaid. If not take heed to what I’m saying, you will find it just as I have found it, and if it lies upon your way, for God’s sake readers, go around it.”

The Gritty City tours runs again Sunday, August 21st and Saturday, September 17th at the Durham Museum.

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