Sherman in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Old Sherman Opera House
Formerly a 3-story Victorian structure with twin cupolas. Built by Capt. L. F. Ely, who made the bricks in his city factory.
Lavish interior had carpeted aisle, damask curtains and red plush seats. Benches in economy section were called the "Buzzard Roost". From its completion (1881) until closing (1918), it helped make Sherman a cultural center. First show was operetta "The Mikado". Also given here were Shakespearean plays, musical reviews, temperance lectures and trained animal acts.
Remodeled (1961) for commercial use. Original bricks remain.
Erected 1969 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11537.)
Location. 33° 38.321′ N, 96° 36.604′ W. Marker is in Sherman, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker is at the intersection of Travis Street and Pecan Street, on the left when traveling north on Travis Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 North Travis Street, Sherman TX 75090, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Federal Building (United States Courthouse) (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Binkley Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Peter W. Grayson War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gold Star Mothers (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Confederate Monument Erected in Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grayson County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ninth Texas Cavalry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sherman.
Also see . . .
1. History of Sherman, Texas. (Submitted on May 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Photo of Opera House, Sherman TX. (Submitted on May 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.