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317 West 7th Street

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Historic Name:Omaha Hotel
Reference Number:13000101
Location (Address):317 West 7th Street
Omaha Hotel
317 W 7th Street, Neillsville, Clark County
Date of Construction – 1892

Because of the support and influence of the local logging industry, Neillsville was a large community with a substantial commercial area by 1880. However, community leaders realized that a time would arrive when the logging industry would wane. They also knew that for Neillsville to remain a thriving community a rail line needed to be built to the city. The rail line arrived in Neillsville in 1887; it offered the path to future prosperity and brought new businesses, including hotels and restaurants for the train traveler.

Ed and Peter Weber took advantage of that opportunity. The Webers purchased a lot that abutted the Chicago, St. Paul, Minnesota, & Omaha railroad and was less than one block from the Neillsville depot. On that lot they built a two-story brick hotel which had small guest rooms on the second floor, and a saloon and a dining room on the first floor. The Omaha Hotel was never intended to be a luxury hotel. It offered short-term lodging at a reasonable rate. It was built to serve the middle-income traveler, as well as the salesmen who traveled the country promoting and bringing new products to eager consumers.

The building's owners are rehabilitating the former hotel using the federal income tax credit program for commercial buildings.

Period of Significance:1893-1942
Area of Significance:Commerce
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Domestic: Hotel
Architectural Style:Late Victorian
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:03/20/2013
State Register Listing Date:11/16/2012
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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