Omaha Famous #35

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Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge – A Bridge Named Bob

The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a 3,000 ft bridge across the Missouri River for pedestrians …

pe·des·tri·an/pəˈdestrēən/noun

  1. a person walking along a road or in a developed area.

This particular bridge was founded in 2008 and it’s named, Bob. It’s actually named after a Bob, Bob Kerrey, who was governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987. It’s named after Bob because Bob raised money for this bridge ($18m) at a time when we needed a new bridge. Ah, simpler times…

Historians say Lewis and Clark used the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian bridge to navigate across the Missouri River on their journey to discover the Western lands. Also to gamble a bit.

Unofficial reports say that Bob Kerrey himself refuses to walk across the bridge that bears his namesake for reasons unknown. He just won’t do it.

Today the bridge is a popular attraction for walking, jogging, walking your dog, walking on a date, jogging your dog, riding your bike, walking with your family, walking by yourself, biking with your family, jogging your date, etc. Also selfies are taken here.

People from all across the world visit Omaha just to walk and/or jog across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. It’s at least a top 50 most famous bridge in the United States, maybe top 75, and it’s one of the best things about living in Omaha, Nebraska. Without the bridge what would we do? Where would we take selfies? Where would we walk? We would never see Council Bluffs (but maybe that’s ok).

If you hadn’t yet had the chance to walk across this bridge yet then I would take some time to try it out. You will be blown by just how walkable and/or joggable this bridge is, and it will get you right across to the other side where you need to be.