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Celebrating 50 Years of La Vista

A Little History on the City of La Vista & Turning 50 yrs.
Some of the first La Vista Families
Published on December 1, 2010 : 6 comments

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Celebrating 50 years!

What began in La Vista, Nebraska, 1960, as the House of Nines is now a thriving community of more than 19,000 residents.

Built overlooking the floodplain of the Big Papillion Creek, the House of Nines was the beginning of a community built to attract families who had dreamt of owning their own home.

For $9 down and $99 a month, you, too, could live on Easy Street, which today is Park View Boulevard and Valley Road.

Early La Vista families were both neighbors and friends. Some talk to this day about enjoying the small luxuries of life together—cans of beer shared across backyard fences, softball games, and even camping trips to nearby state parks. Many of those same families remain close friends.

La Vista City HallLa Vista City HallToday, La Vista is home to multi-national companies such as PayPal, Securities America, Cabela’s, and the John Q. Hammons Embassy Suites and Courtyard by Marriott hotels connected to the La Vista Conference Center.

La Vista’s population has increased nearly 65 percent over the last 10 years, which has made the City one of the state’s fastest growing communities.

The City is home to families who have chosen La Vista for its opportunities, persistence, and plans for the future.

La Vista’s 84th Street corridor, once known as the Golden Mile for its plethora of retail opportunities, has become the focus of redevelopment. The City’s plan, Vision 84, calls for a mix of residential and retail land uses along 84th Street from Harrison Street to Giles Road.

La Vista Public LibraryLa Vista Public LibraryThe City’s 50th anniversary in 2010 was an opportunity to bring its residents and business community together to celebrate the past, present, and future.

The celebration included many special events, ranging from a community arts festival to a series of outdoor movie nights and concerts. Feedback from these events has been very positive, and, provided sponsorship funds can be raised, the City hopes to offer many of the same events in 2011.

The conclusion of the La Vista 50 celebration, To the Nines on New Year’s Eve, will hopefully be the beginning of a new tradition for the La Vista Community Foundation. This celebration and fundraising event will benefit Special Olympics Nebraska this year as well as provide the Foundation an opportunity to continue its good work in the La Vista community.

To the NinesTo the NinesFor the ticket price of $125 per person (or $299 for a couple, which includes a guest room at the Courtyard by Marriott), you will receive:

  • Signature cocktail to begin the evening
  • Five-course meal
  • Wine service at your table and open bar all evening
  • Dancing and live music from “Taxi Driver”
  • Champagne toast at midnight

Tickets for To the Nines are currently on sale by calling (402) 348-3967 or via the Foundation’s website.

Special thanks to Mitch Beaumont, Community Relations Coordinator, City of La Vista, for providing the information on the City of La Vista and the To the Nines Event.

AnnDbugzAnn Troe (@AnnieDoodlebugz) is graphic designer and illustrator.


Jo (not verified) says:

December 2, 2010 : 13 years 28 weeks ago

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What a very cool and interesting story. You tell a good story as I could see the people sharing things over the backyard fences in my mind, and I could also see how the new industries of today have made such rapid and exponential growth that the closeness of those days gone by is probably more of a memory…but a wonderful story.

Do I see one of your Logos in the “To the Nines” ?? :) Love it either way. SHARP!

Thanks for sharing a colorful piece of La Vista’s history and the history of many small towns. The bright side is La Vista did not fall by the wayside as many other small towns have… They had the right companies build around them… they were lucky, they have survived and grown with the times.

Thanks for sharing….


AnnDbugz says:

December 2, 2010 : 13 years 28 weeks ago

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Yep! I did the “To The Nines” logo ;-)

jodynotj says:

December 3, 2010 : 13 years 28 weeks ago

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Thanks for making La Vista interesting. I never knew about the history of the town. It’s cool to see a places roots planted in idealism.

AnnDbugz says:

December 3, 2010 : 13 years 28 weeks ago

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Hey Jordy!
I didn’t know much about La Vista either! Thank you for reading and sharing this article.

mamashepp says:

December 3, 2010 : 13 years 28 weeks ago

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I had no idea that LaVista and I were the same age! I’m sure glad I haven’t grown 65% in the past ten years, though. I always think of LaVista as being landlocked between other towns—I hadn’t even realized that the Cabela’s and that area were part of LaVista. What an interesting start for the city!

AnnDbugz says:

December 3, 2010 : 13 years 28 weeks ago

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THANKS for making me giggle! I am VERY glad you haven’t grown 65% too!
I have done some work for the City of La Vista…. but I didn’t know the history either.