James F Lynch Park

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The park is believed to be haunted, as many witnesses will attest. Some of the strange occurrences here have been unexplained footsteps, a ghostly baby’s wails, and a man screaming, asking for help, and grabbing the legs of passersby.

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S 21st St
Omaha, NE
United States

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41.2402087, -95.9439433
Douglas County, Nebraska
Nearest Towns:
Omaha, NE (1.3 mi.)
Carter Lake, IA (3.7 mi.)
Council Bluffs, IA (4.6 mi.)
Ralston, NE (5.7 mi.)
La Vista, NE (6.0 mi.)
Bellevue, NE (7.7 mi.)
Papillion, NE (7.8 mi.)
Offutt Air Force Base, NE (8.4 mi.)
Crescent, IA (9.7 mi.)
Boys Town, NE (9.9 mi.)


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  1. I currently live in Minneapolis. I moved from Omaha October 1999. I experienced “odd” experiences at a homestead structure on 21st and Dupont (between Castelar and Martha) going back to 1989. Up until 2013 leaving my mother passed away in same structure. During 1989 up through 1990’s, I used to walk the old crickety bridge on 24th street near old Kitty Clover chip building. I experienced an encounter with something resembling a hairy figure resembling Chewbaca on old bridge structure/ Used to be a clutter of trees at the end closest to Kitty Clover. The old structure was metal and pedestrain walk was boards with big nail stakes sticking out. Another time between midnight and 3am, On other side of bridge, I ran into a “person” dressed like Jack Nicholson as Joker. He looked me in eyes as we met up. I counted to ten and looked back. He vanished. This structure I lived in from 1989 until 1999 was occupied by something in what I’d call middle apartment. I used to wake up for those two years in middle apartment having discussion with something in bedroom. My mother lived in top apartment from 1989 through 2013 until her untimely death. There used to be a wrap around front porch until it fell down in mid-1990’s. A cousin of mine lived in middle apartment, her and my mom used to see somebody walk by large windows. Assumed it was me but I hadn’t come home yet. After moving to Mpls, I came back during Christmas 1999 and stayed in empty middle apt. Mom still had key because still empty. I slept in living room on floor. Something woke me up out of deep sleep. A tall black figure stood over me. I yelled so loudly. my mother heard me in top apartment. Luckily had second key to get in. I never set foot in apt 2 afterwards. She lived in apartment 3. After her death as I cleaned up apartment, strange things happening as I’d been witness to her being there…..

    • Dude you saw Bigfoot! Omaha and Bellevue have numerous urban bigfoot sightings. As far as the joker Apparition goes, thats creepy as hell.

  2. I grew up in the area as a kid 1979 to 1999 I lived on 2425 Arbor st. I feel that I have a deep connection to this park maybe it is because, My last name is Lynch as a kid I was told by other kids who hung out in the park they told me there are small caves and of course we didn’t know how it got there or who dug them. Now as an adult, and I am very passionate about the history of Omaha and the paranormal.I was doing some digging and I did find some info on this place. I found this on this online about Lynch Park

    In 1879, this sight was believed to be the sight of a terrible train crash where the train was believed to be going to fast and the tracks were poorly constructed. According to the article, the train apparantly separated from the tracks and rolled several times. It’s believed that 87 passangers lost their life that day.

    As for the history of the guy named James I haven’t found anything as of yet. I am still looking. Once I get info I will be more then happy to share it.

  3. I grew up in this area near 20th and Castelar. Growing up in the 70’s I didn’t have a lot of parental supervision so my friends and I spent a lot of time on the RR tracks and the land around there. In the mid 70’s (don’t remember the exact year) shortly before Lynch was opened as a park a neighbor who had just gotten out of the army showed us where there used to be a cave in the cliff down there. So with his direction we spent the summer digging it out along with the little back room and even carved stairs going up to it. For years after the park opened the city left the cave alone and that was our hang out spot. During summer we would spend our light hours getting into mischief on the tracks and “acquiring” snacks from Kitty Clover then at night hang out around the cave and the trail that went along the top of the cliff. I did meet some interesting characters on my travels but never had any paranormal experiences. I am not refuting anyone’s claim otherwise, just stating my experience.

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