Durham Western Heritage Center

★★★★★

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The Durham soda fountain and candy shop, just off the lobby of Omaha's 1931 train station, is a way to step back in time. You can watch items from the original menu prepared on original equipment, You can, of course, get a full meal there, not just sweets. Before you leave, be sure to check out the selection of classic candies for sale; most of them are very hard to find anywhere else. Before or after you eat, wander the meticulously restored lobby of this massive, beautiful station. (The much smaller station handling the two daily Amtrak trains currently serving Omaha is a few blocks away.) As a final touch to help visitors get a feel for what it might of been like to be there years ago, there are some statues on the benches in the lobby. As you get close, you will see that they are in WWII military uniforms. Get closer, and you will hear recordings of typical conversations that would have been heard when thousands of GIs passed through the station every day. The history museum in the building is well worth the price of admission and your time. In addition to railroad history, there are extensive exhibits on the general history of the Omaha area, and various touring exhibits as well. Before you leave the building alogether, be sure to check out the gift shop. There you will find books, clothes, and various other items for people of all ages and interest levels related to your experiences there.

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★★★★★

The Durham soda fountain and candy shop, just off the lobby of Omaha's 1931 train station, is a way to step back in time. You can watch items from the original menu prepared on original equipment, You can, of course, get a full meal there, not just sweets. Before you leave, be sure to check out the selection of classic candies for sale; most of them are very hard to find anywhere else. Before or after you eat, wander the meticulously restored lobby of this massive, beautiful station. (The much smaller station handling the two daily Amtrak trains currently serving Omaha is a few blocks away.) As a final touch to help visitors get a feel for what it might of been like to be there years ago, there are some statues on the benches in the lobby. As you get close, you will see that they are in WWII military uniforms. Get closer, and you will hear recordings of typical conversations that would have been heard when thousands of GIs passed through the station every day. The history museum in the building is well worth the price of admission and your time. In addition to railroad history, there are extensive exhibits on the general history of the Omaha area, and various touring exhibits as well. Before you leave the building alogether, be sure to check out the gift shop. There you will find books, clothes, and various other items for people of all ages and interest levels related to your experiences there.

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