Omaha's Peony Park: An American Legend (Images of America)

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What began in 1919 as a modest gas station and restaurant on famous Lincoln Highway, Peony Park would grow to become the best-known entertainment oasis in Omaha history. Featuring vintage images spanning the parkÝs 75-year existence, author Carl Jennings resurrects the fond memories of romance, entertainment, and family fun. ŢŢBuilt across from the widely known peony gardens owned by Carl Rosenfield, people traveled from all over the country to visit the colorful valley. Eventually blossoming into a beer garden and ballroom, the addition of a swimming pool in 1926 and becoming the official headquarters for the Lawrence Welk Band in the 1930s ensured the ParkÝs popularity. Captured here are the Big Band years, featuring images of Duke Ellington and OmahaÝs own Preston Love. Also showcased are the events and attractions that made Peony Park a fondly remembered family get-away, including Coca-Cola Date Night, ýSeven Swings,ţ Polka Days, Wonderland, and the Galaxy roller coaster.

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ŢŢAuthor Carl D. Jennings is the current president and CEO of Peony Park, Inc., who has spent most of his adult life involved with the Park. This book is a tribute to Peony ParkÝs legacy of combing recreation with entertainment, and paving the way for a successful family park operation that lasted for nearly a century.

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