The Grand Opera House
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 01.839 W 097° 36.409
14S E 623913 N 4099179
Like many old buildings across the west, fire ate this one, and it was no more.
Waymark Code: WM985D
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 07/12/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 5

Marker Erected by: The Caldwell Historical Society
Marker Sponsors: Donations From Damon and Patricia Weber and the
      Caldwell Cherokee Strip Centennial Committee
Date Marker Erected: 1993
County of Marker: Sumner County
Location of Marker: 127 S. Main St., Caldwell
Marker Text:
By 1884 the growing city of Caldwell was interested in promoting the finer cultural aspects of life and plans were made to construct a new Grand Opera House. During that year an opulent three story brick structure was erected on this site. It was the pride of Caldwell and its size and elegance were unmatched anywhere in the Southwest. It was erected at a cost of $20,000, seated about 1200 people and contained a roller skating rink in the basement. The dedication was held on the evening of January 12, 1885 and was followed by the opening performance of "The Mascotte" presented by the Fay Templeton Comic Opera Company.

Over the years it became the hub of the Caldwell social scene and was used for such events as graduation ceremonies as well as being visited by the major theatrical troupes of the day, such as the Boston Opera Company.

On February 19, 1918, the Grand Opera House was destroyed in a spectacular fire. While nearby businesses were saved, the Opera House was a total loss along with 25 trained dogs which were kennelled [sic] in the basement and a number of Home Guard rifles which added to the flames. Plans were immediately begun to build again on the old site, but never came to fruition.

Marker Name: The Grand Opera House

Marker Type: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Marker text:
Please see above

Marker Location: Sumner

Year Marker Placed: 01/01/1993

Name of agency setting marker: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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