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Edgerton in Williams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Edgerton Town Hall & Park Opera House

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 16, 2019
1. Edgerton Town Hall & Park Opera House Marker
close up, side A
Inscription.  
Side A
Edgerton was settled beside the St. Joseph River when the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern railroad was completed in 1854. The village was incorporated on December 4, 1865, and named for Alfred P. Edgerton, who donated the land for the park. He was an agent for Hicks & Company, a land speculation business. The firm of Von Behren & Shaffer built the town hall and opera house in 1884 for $7,998. The building and park became a hub of local activity. The park's bandstand showcased the Edgerton Village Band and citizens gathered for picnics and festivities.

Side B
The opera house hosted many community events: concerts, plays, elections, court, lectures, commencements, dances, meetings, basketball games and traveling drama troupes, and featured a stage and a three-arch balcony of polished oak. Autographs of dozens of performers and speakers appearing from the 1890s to the early 1920s filled the wall behind the ticket booth. In 1925, the school built a new auditorium and many events relocated there. The opera house, appearing much as it had in 1884, was eventually abandoned. The village government vacated the
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 16, 2019
2. Edgerton Town Hall & Park Opera House Marker
close up, side B
town hall in 2009. On June 23, 2010, a storm destroyed the old town hall and opera house shortly before the Edgerton Historical Society could purchase and restore the building. Artifacts were salvaged from the opera house and are displayed at the historical society's museum in the Edgerton Village Hall at 324 North Michigan Avenue.
 
Erected 2018 by Edgerton Historical Society; Edgerton Pythian Sisters of St. Joe #449; Edgerton Village; Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 10-86.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 26.896′ N, 84° 44.867′ W. Marker is in Edgerton, Ohio, in Williams County. Marker is at the intersection of South Michigan Street (U.S. 6) and East Indiana (U.S. 6), on the right when traveling north on South Michigan Street. marker is in Edgerton Village Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 129 South Michigan Ave, Edgerton OH 43517, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edgerton Civil War Monument (here, next to this marker); Edgerton Fire Bell (a few steps from this marker); Cedar Hill Farm (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bryan Veterans Memorial (approx.
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 16, 2019
3. Edgerton Town Hall & Park Opera House Marker
full view of marker
10.3 miles away); Rail Speed Record (approx. 10.4 miles away); Bryan's Air Mail Field (approx. 10 miles away); Land Office Building (approx. 10.8 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edgerton.
 
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Edgerton Town Hall & Park Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 16, 2019
4. Edgerton Town Hall & Park Opera House Marker
marker as seen from Michigan Street
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 16, 2019
5. Edgerton Town Hall & Park Opera House Marker
mural on wall behind marker
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6. Edgerton Town Hall & Park Opera House Marker
photo on marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 29, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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