Most People Don’t Know About This Tragic Event In Nebraska History

The turn of the 20th century was the golden age of amusement parks in our little area of the country. The parks sprang up in cities all across the Great Plains as a symbol of the area’s new prosperity. Nebraskans finally had the luxury of taking the time to do frivolous things like strolling around eating ice cream and taking a spin on a ride or two. Krug Park was Omaha’s finest, located in the Benson neighborhood.

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The crash was understandably big news, and the state mourned the loss of the victims. After the roller coaster was shut down, the park was sold and continued to operate in a different capacity. Krug Park never could quite overcome the shadow of the tragedy, though, and it closed for good in 1940. It was re-landscaped into a regular public park, and today families enjoy the playground, ball fields, and pool at Gallagher Park…and most of them have no idea what took place here almost a century ago.

(Special thanks to the Benson Historical Society for allowing us to use their photos.)