Bemis Omaha Bag Company Building
The Bemis Omaha Bag Company Building -- built in 1887 -- stands as a prominent representation of the late 19th-century factory and warehouse styles of architecture. The Bemis company helped transform the transportation of flour and grains from wooden barrels to bags, which grew even more popular as railroads dominated the U.S. landscape during the late parts of the Gilded Age (late 19th / early 20th century). The Omaha location was the second Bemis branch, but the company eventually opened branches throughout the country and invested overseas. Bemis occupied the building until the 1970s.
Backstory and Context
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