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|Area||519.5 acres (2.102 km 2 )|
|Status||Open all year|
|Type||Municipal ( Omaha )|
This rustic pavilion is located within a 520-acre park, overlooking Carter Lake, and is available from May 1 to September 30. The building has no heat, air conditioning or kitchen facilities. There are two electrical outlets above the countertop. Outdoor grills are available just outside the facility. Fourteen picnic tables provide seating for 140 people. Portable restrooms are available adjacent to the pavilion. This facility has three rooms, each approximately 20 x 30 feet. Two fireplaces flank the interior. Doors and windows open for ventilation. The park caretaker will open the pavilion 30 minutes prior to your rental time and will return at the end of your gathering to lock up the building. There is a 30 minute clean up time allot after your scheduled rental time. Pavilion Hours of Operation: 7 am-10 pm
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In 1853, a pioneer named Edmond Jefferies originally claimed the State of Iowa land that become the City of Carter Lake. Eventually, he amassed more than 2 000 acres in area. 1877 Carter Lake is form as Oxbow Lake when a massive flood moves the Missouri River channel to the East. Nebraska claims land of East Omaha, including all of the present-day City of Carter Lake, is part of Nebraska. Iowa disagrees. 1880 Lake is generally referred to as Cut-Off Lake starting this year. 1881 Major flood waters saturate all of eastern Omaha, saturating East Omaha from the River to Florence Lake to Carter Lake. 1889 Frank D. Kent opens Courtland Beach Amusement Park Near present-day North 9 and Avenue Q in the present-day City of Carter Lake, Iowa. In 1895, the first reference to Lake as Courtland Lake occur. In 1890, Levi Carter moves his factory and rebuilds in the present-day City of Carter Lake. It stayed open until the 1920s, when it was bought by another firm. 1892 US Supreme Court say land present-day Carter Lake sits on is actually in Iowa. 1895 pavilion, steamboat landing, rollercoaster, merry-go-round, and other items are added to Courtland Beach. 1896 Count John. Creighton begin 10 years of fiscal support to keep Park open at loss. 1906 Omaha Rod and Gun Club starts operating at Courtland Beach. 1906 Looking for a more poetic name, Club started calling Lake Lake Nakoma or Lake Nakomis this year. 1908 Edward and Selena Carter Cornish donate 260-acres to the City of Omaha in memory of her first husband, Levi Carter, to form Levi Carter Park. Soon after, lake was referred to as Carter Lake, its name today. 1912 Omaha Rod and Gun Club is renamed Carter Lake Club. 1914 Sand Point Beach, highly developed swim area East of Carter Lake Club, open to the public. 1915 Carter Lake Race Track, aka Omaha Auto Speedway, opens near present-day 9 and Key Cir. It closed just two years later. In 1925, the City of Omaha set aside 200-acres of planned additions to Levi Carter Park for Omaha Municipal Airfield. 1927 Carter Lake votes to secede from Iowa, only to be rejected by Omaha, which doesnt want to install water or sewers to village. 1930 Carter Lake votes to incorporate in order to recuperate some of the taxes Council Bluffs took from them. 1932 The City of Omaha announces ambitious plans to use the remainder of the Carter / Cornish donation to make the entire Lake into a Park. Plans include a boulevard to circumnavigate the entire thing, as well as fine beaches, Ball Fields, parking and more. The plan was never realized though. In 1938, Carter Lake Club facilities were sold to Joseph Malec, who also owned Peony Park. 1943 River floods massively, causing evacuations of the City of Carter Lake and East Omaha and covering the entire area.
Locust Street Extending from N. 16, across Locust Street viaduct and all the way to the Missouri River, this street carries the first massive traffic in the City to Courtland Beach via streetcars. Start at N. 16 and Locust and travel East. Site of Courtland Beach Also know as Omaha Rod and Gun Club and Carter Lake Club, this was the most popular tourist destination in the early history of the city. Go to N. 9 and Avenue Q and follow Carter Lake Club streets. Site of Courtland Beach Pavilion, know as Carter Lake Ballroom. Go to 213 Carter Lake Club. Site of Lakeview Park Site of a large amusement park, including rollercoaster, dance hall and more. Go to N. 17 and Avenue Q. Sand Point Beach is located within Lakeview Park, This was popular swim area including changing rooms, picnic pavilions and more. Go to Sand Point Drive. Site of Ames Avenue Bridge Spanning Lake from Ames Avenue on West to Avenue R on East, This belongs to the Illinois Central Railroad. It was destroyed by the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado. In Nebraska, go to Ames Avenue and Carter Lake Shore Drive West, and then walk to the end of Pier. In Iowa, go to North 8 Street and Avenue R. Carter Lake Boathouse. Originally built in 1936 by CCC at Carter Lake, it was rebuilt in the 1990s by the City of Omaha. Go to the intersection of Cornish Boulevard and Carter Lake Shore Drive West, and then enter the parking lot at Boathouse. Carter Lake Fishing Pier and Boat Launch Originally part of Ames Avenue Bridge, Fishing Pier and Boat Launch was constructed from the former landing area from Bridge by CCC in 1935. Go to Ames Avenue and Carter Lake Shore Drive West, and then walk to the end of Pier. Carter Lake Bathhouse These buildings were built in the 1930s to replace structures originally built in the 1920s. They were renovated by the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department in 2016, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Go to Carter Lake Shore Drive North and park in lots in front of buildings. Carter Lake Improvement Club was founded in 1947, Club works for continuing improvement of the city and Lake. Go to 4328 North 9 Street. Site of Chez Paree, Blackjack, craps, and roulette were played openly, along with some of the best live acts of the era in this nightclub. It was reputed to be the biggest casino between Chicago and Reno, and was located in two different places. Go to Abbott Drive and Locust Street to see first location. Go to Site second location was at North 3 and Locust Street. Site of Courtland School. Open at the turn of the century, this school operated for 25 years. Become Carter Lake Community Church, which replaced the original building in the 1960s.
As he accumulates his wealth through shipping and stock, Levi Carter makes moves to become wealthy, and then uses that wealth to become an industrialist. In the 1870s, Carter and Coe partner with B. B. Crary to open large haymaking operation in western Nebraska. As president of Equitable Farm and Stock Improvement Company, he ran over 200 000 acres of land in Keith, McPherson, Deuel and Lincoln Counties, with herds of fine cattle and horses. A Group of Carters associates decided to establish a painting company in Omaha in 1878. Because of the American Smelting and Refining Company, or ASARCO, plant opening in downtown Omaha in the 1870s, Carter and this group of industrialists thought having a manufacturing company to use product nearby would be a cost-effective and efficient way to make money. At some point in the 1880s, Carter traded western Nebraska lands for coal land and other property in Ohio. Carter also became heavily invested in Nebraska Irrigation Company. According to two-page spread in the Omaha World-Herald when he die, Levi Carter was a kind, down-to-earth person. He was well-regard by a lot of people for his generosity and normalcy. After establishing his namesake company, Levi Carter rode streetcar everyday down North 16 Street, then would take Locust Street line to Courtland Beach turn-off to walk the last mile every day to his plant at North 22 Avenue and Avenue J in East Omaha. He was renowned for this type of down-to-earth activity. It was 1872 when Levi Carter married General Isaac Coes niece from Chicago, whose name was Selina Coe Bliss. The Selina parents were George Hyde Bliss and Eunice Louisa Coe Bliss. Together, Levi and Selina had one child, boy named Levi Coe Carter. For at least 15 years, Carters have lived at 1908 Davenport Street. In 1894, Levi and Selina Carter moved into a home at North 19 and Chicago Streets.
When he died in November 1903, Carter lived at Paxton Hotel. He died of bronchitis, and his memorial services were held at Paxton. Bury in a large family plot in pioneer Prospect Hill Cemetery in North Omaha, Levi Carter joined his son and, in 1938, was joined by his wife. However, before she died she made sure there was Park's name after him. Later, neighboring village, Boulevard, elementary school, and Lake were named after him, too. Today, there are many places in and around Omaha commemorating Levi Carter. They include: Levi Carter Park, Levi Carter Lake Carter Lake, Iowa Carter Boulevard, Carter Lake Shore Drive
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