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Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens, Omaha

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The Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska marks the location of the house at 3202 Woolworth Avenue where U.S. President Gerald R. Ford lived for a couple of weeks after his birth in July 1913. It was the home of his paternal grandparents, Charles Henry and Martha King.HistoryThe King house at 3202 Woolworth Avenue was located on the border of the Hanscom Park and Field Club neighborhoods of Midtown Omaha. A three-story, fourteen-room Victorian mansion, it was razed after a 1971 fire caused substantial damage.Omaha businessman James M. Paxson, who lived in the neighborhood, purchased the vacant lot for $17,250 after Ford became president in 1974, and planned for it to be used as a memorial. Although Paxson donated the site to the city, officials said they couldn't afford to build a memorial. Paxson then set up the Paxson Foundation to fund the memorial and associated gardens. The site includes a portico evoking the north side of the White House and a pagoda resembling a portion of the original home.Memorial and conservation centerThe memorial was dedicated in 1977. Ford partnered with Paxson on some fundraising. The former president returned in 1980 for the dedication of a rose garden in honor of Betty Ford. An exhibit kiosk contains information about Ford.Adjoining the site is the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, a regional center of the Nebraska State Historical Society founded in 1995. It provides conservation services for historic and artistic works. The Center also contains a small exhibit of Ford memorabilia. Both conservation and exhibit are available by appointment only. http://www.nebraskahistory.org/fordcenter/index.shtml
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  • I am a big history buff and have visited several of the presidential sites across the U.S. This site is definetly a waste of time. It takes you 5 minutes to see everything and there isn't much. The ne...  more »
  • Leslie King was born here. Less than 6 months later he left Nebraska. Eventually his name was changed to Gerald Ford. The house burned down and a small monument was erected on the site. The neighborho...  more »
  • I live in the Field Club Area (a few blocks from the site). Go there in the summer. They have beautiful rose gardens and displays. Many weddings are performed here. The Ford Conservatory is next door....  more »
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  • If you are on a walk in the area it is a nice detour at the north end of the park. But it certainly is not something to go out of your way for. Not unless you are some sort of Ford historian junkie.
  • Well maintained Poke mon stop..with a great chunk of history for Nebraska.
  • When the flowers are in bloom, this place is amazing! Tons of space, great place to relax or picnic. Not far from downtown.
  • Lovely little historical gem in the heart of Omaha! (Also a tip for all you Pokemon Hunters; there are two Pokestops here, as well as several right across the street at Hanscom Park!) Take some time to learn about our nation's 38th President while enjoying one of Omaha's beautiful historic neighborhoods.
  • Good for a quick visit.

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