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Caldwell in Sumner County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Grand Opera House

 
 
The Grand Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2016
1. The Grand Opera House Marker
Inscription. 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 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.
 
Erected 1993 by The Caldwell Historical Society.
 
Location.
Location of former Grand Opera House. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2016
2. Location of former Grand Opera House.
37° 1.827′ N, 97° 36.424′ W. Marker is in Caldwell, Kansas, in Sumner County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (U.S. 81) and West 2nd Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 127 South Main Street, Caldwell KS 67022, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Legend of Mount Lookout / Gunfire Kills Lawman (within shouting distance of this marker); Caldwell "The Border Queen" / On This Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Chisholm Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stock Exchange Bank (about 300 feet away); Chisholm (about 300 feet away); The Railroad Influence (about 400 feet away); The Leland Hotel (about 400 feet away); Native Stone Building (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Caldwell.
 
More about this marker. Funded by donations from Damon and Patricia Weber and the Caldwell Cherokee Strip Centennial Committee.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on August 6, 2016.
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