The emergence of the Hispanic population in the late 20th century transformed Omaha into a cultural and industrial center of the Midwest. Currently, the city's population is about four-fifths white, with more than one-tenth African American. A majority of the population is Hispanic, with the rest being of European, Asian, and Pacific Islander descent. There is also a large black population in Omaha.
The city's vibrant culture is also worth exploring. Visit the Joslyn Art Museum to view pieces from around the world. Or, experience the thrill of a lazy river at Fun-Plex. There's also a treetop rope course and giant wave pool at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. For some fun and entertainment, try the Prehistoric Putt, which features dinosaurs. Or, try the blown-glass sculptures and pottery at the Old Market Artists Gallery.
The city was named for the famous French explorer, Jacques Cousteau, who visited the area. In 1839, the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area that would become Omaha. The Corps of Discovery established a camp near downtown and renamed it Camp White Catfish. William Clark's expedition also explored the mysterious earthen mounds near 8th and Douglas Streets and the Heartland of America Park. The Lewis and Clark Expedition also camped in the area that is today Eppley Airfield.
In the year 1854, the city was founded. Before that, the area had been visited by Lewis and Clark. During the War of 1812, Manuel Lisa founded a trading post. The winter of 1846-47 saw the arrival of westward-bound Mormons. This area was later named Florence and annexed by Omaha. It is a small, growing community that continues to grow. The first African-American fair took place in the city in 1894.