News Release

Welcome Woodmen Tower Falcons Cass, Harney, Farnam, Dodge, Douglas

June 11, 2012

Omaha, NE - Woodmen of the World is proud to announce the names of the newest batch of Woodmen Tower falcon chicks. The young peregrines were named in honor of five Omaha streets, all of which run through downtown. Their names are:

  • Cass, female, band #46/U
  • Harney, female, #47/U 
  • Farnam, male, #07/R 
  • Dodge, male, #08/R 
  • Douglas, male, #09/R

These names represent a part of Omaha's history - the people who used to live on them, and those who lived before our time.

According to the Douglas County Historical Society, Dodge Street got its name from Augustus Caesar Dodge, a U.S. Senator from Iowa, who was a strong supporter of westward expansion beyond the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. Douglas Street was named after Stephen A. Douglas, an influential U.S. Senator from Illinois who championed the Kansas-Nebraska Bill that resulted in Nebraska becoming an organized territory. Henry Farnam was a principal promoter of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Farnam was Omaha's original "main" street. Cass street was named after politician, statesman, and military officer, General Lewis Cass. Harney street was named after General William S. Harney, a career army officer and Indian fighter.

Woodmen of the World held a Facebook contest to name the chicks. During the contest period fans submitted their group of five names on the Woodmen of the World Facebook page (WOWInsurance) contest tab. An internal Woodmen of the World committee reviewed and selected the top five group name entries. These top five entries were posted on the WOWInsurance Facebook page contest tab, where fans voted for their favorite. The winning name suggestions were submitted by Travis Wurtele (Union Pacific Railroad, Sales Manager).

The falcons have left the nest and will be flying soon. You can catch them on the Tower cameras at www.woodmen.org/falcons/falcon_cam.cfm or follow them on Twitter @WoodmenFalcons or the FalconWatch blog at http://woodmen.typepad.com/falconwatch/

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