About This Destination
The bucolic green space of Omaha's downtown Eugene Leahy Central Park Mall and the hubbub of the new Capitol District hide a history of a very different sort.
This was once a place where saloons like the Crystal and Gold Dust ran all night with bawdy shows at the Nebraska Music Hall and a fortune teller as procuress. It was a neighborhood with all sorts of variety at the St. Elmo as opium hung in the air and where the Bell Hotel needed no desk clerks. From Tom Dennison's policy shops and the refined entertainment provided by Anna Wilson to the exploitative hell-hole at M.F. Martin's infamous Arcade. Join local author and historian Ryan Roenfeld in an intimate walking tour of Old Omaha.