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Eureka in Eureka County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Eureka Opera House

 
 
Eureka Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
1. Eureka Opera House Marker
Inscription. The opera house was constructed by Richard Ryland, Joseph Winzell, and M.D. Foley in October through December of 1880. They used the foundation of the Odd Fellows Hall. The building had been destroyed earlier in the year during a disastrous fire. One account described the new opera house as thoroughly fire-proof with two foot thick masonry walls, a brick and iron front and a slate roof. The official grand opening of the Eureka Opera House was held in January 1881, with the drama, "Forget Me Not". The building was the center for all activities in Eureka for many decades. Plays, masquerade balls, dances, operas, concerts and other social events were held. Ads for local merchants painted in 1921 by the Twin City Scenic Company can still be seen on the stage Olio Curtain. Silent movies were first shown in 1915. By the 1940's the opera house name changed to the Eureka Theater. Movies were shown until the theater closed in 1943. The building stood idle until Eureka County purchased and restored it to the current splendor in 1993 and the original name of the Eureka Opera House was restored.
 
Erected 2009 by Lucinda Jane Saunders, ECV Chapter #1881.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 
Eureka Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
2. Eureka Opera House Marker
30.73′ N, 115° 57.638′ W. Marker is in Eureka, Nevada, in Eureka County. Marker is on South Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 South Main Street, Eureka NV 89316, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eureka Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Bartine Outhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Eureka Sentinel Newspaper (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eureka Sentinel Building (about 300 feet away); Charcoal Burners Massacred Aug. 18, 1879 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tannehill Cabin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Eureka (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Eureka Mining District (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eureka.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentNotable Buildings
 
Eureka Opera House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
3. Eureka Opera House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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