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The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska
Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
Business Type: Museums
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DurhamMuseum.org

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(402) 444-5071

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The Durham Museum, formerly the Western Heritage Museum, probably represents the millionth or so time a train station in America has been named Union Station. Don’t hold that against the museum, which also doubles as the historical site of Omaha’s largest train station, as the exhibits there present a surprisingly thorough account of not only the history of trains in Omaha, but the entire spirit of Manifest Destiny that created the American West.

(402) 444-5071

Levi Carter Park

Carter Lake at Levi-Carter Park
Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
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Carter Lake is probably the only town in the Nebraska-Iowa area whose ownership was decided by a Supreme Court case. In 1892, Iowa got the town, but residents from Omaha, Council Bluffs, and beyond enjoy the lake, located in Levi Carter Park, to this day.

Named after industrialist Levi Carter following a $1 million gift from his widow, Levi Carter Park is located directly next to Eppley Airfield, in the only stretch of Iowa located west of the Missouri River. Despite it’s unusual location, the park is an expanse of lush grass fields and old growth, centered around the ox-bow shaped Carter Lake.

Omaha Summer Arts Festival
Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
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The 37th annual Festival will be held June 10, 11 and 12, 2011.

The Omaha Summer Arts Festival is a free annual arts festival held in the heart of downtown Omaha. Various parts of Farnam Street, from about 10th to 15th Streets, are closed daily to accommodate the festival, which sits south of the Gene Leahy Mall and one block north of the Old Market district.

The festival is held each year in late June, gathering over 100 artists from across the country. If you’re in Omaha then, we command you to go! And here’s why:

Gene Leahy Mall

Gene Leahy Mall
Neighborhood: Downtown Omaha
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The Gene Leahy Mall is located at 1302 Farnam in Downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Also known as Central Park or The Mall, the park offers a playground with great slides and an amphitheater where outdoor concerts are held in the summer. The Mall runs into the Heartland of America Park on its eastern edge, and the W. Dale Clark Library to the West. The Gene Leahy Mall was named after Omaha Mayor Eugene A. Leahy and is just to the north of the Old Market downtown area.