Old Treasures From Peony Park To Be Auctioned Off

Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- Old treasures that once decked out Nebraska's favorite amusement park could soon become a personal possession. Peony Park owner Carl Jennings said he's been collecting memorabilia since he first started working there when he was 14 and now it's time to clean house.

"We've had a lot of stuff in storage for years. We don't use a lot of the items at the new park out west because people tend to make off with it," said Jennings.

He's preparing for one of the biggest auctions the park has had. Everything from original stained glass windows to cigarette vending machines will be up for grabs to people whom Jennings said will appreciate the history behind it all.

"We've heard from people from all over the nation, we have people coming to the auction from all over the nation. Something that I thought was just going to be a basic sale has turned into a national event," he said.

Jennings believes big ticket items like some original pinball machines will be auction favorites. And although its new owner may have to pay big bucks for their new toy, they can enjoy a game of pinball for only 10 cents.

"You don't go to amusement parks today and find those kind of prices," said Jennings.

Or find that kind of history. The collectibles helped shape the memories for children of all ages for almost 94 years. And come auction day the prized possessions will help those to take a trip down memory lane.

The auction will be Saturday at the Regency Lodge Hotel in Omaha, located at 909 S. 107th Street in the grand ballroom. The bidding starts at 10 a.m.