This Rare Footage Of A Nebraska Amusement Park Will Have You Longing For The Good Old Days

Nebraska may be sorely lacking in large-scale amusement parks these days, but it wasn’t always that way. Peony Park operated in Omaha from 1919 to 1994 – an incredible 75-year run as Nebraska’s largest amusement park. Fun seekers came from all over Nebraska and neighboring states to visit this mecca of entertainment.

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This video – a student project by Goodrich Scholars at UNO – gives a great history of the park from its opening to its closing and beyond.

If you didn’t have the time to watch the entire 10-minute video above, this is a vintage Peony Park commercial that was featured in it.

This home video from 1957 shows one family’s fun day playing in the pool. The park was packed with people that day, as it was most days back then.

Do you have any memories of Peony Park? We’d love to hear about them.

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