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Mineola in Wood County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Mineola Opera Houses

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
1. Mineola Opera Houses Marker
Inscription.  The Opera House Era in Mineola lasted from the 1870s until the 1910s and was an important period in the city’s social history. Rail connections to bigger cities brought many famous artists here. In 1877, William J. McDonald opened McDonald Hall, and the Johnson String Band of Marshall provided music for a grand ball that was the venue’s debut. Julius Caspary later opened an opera house near the Mineola State Bank. Renowned actors Louis James, Helena Modjeska and Frederick Warde and musician “Blind Tom” Wiggins performed here. During the Vaudeville Era, opera houses offered operettas, soliloquies, tableau, recitations and comedic acts. The advent of movie theaters signaled the end for opera houses, the foundation of the arts in Mineola.
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14431.)
 
Location. 32° 39.831′ N, 95° 29.355′ W. Marker is in Mineola, Texas, in Wood County. Marker is on North Johnson Street north
Mineola Opera Houses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
2. Mineola Opera Houses Marker
of West Broad Street (U.S. 80), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 North Johnson Street, Mineola TX 75773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Public Mineral Water Well (a few steps from this marker); First National Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Mineola's Jewish Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr Pepper Bottling Plant (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Coleman Family Drug Store and Clinic (within shouting distance of this marker); Mallory Bros. Grocery and Feed Stores (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Barney B. Hart House (about 300 feet away); "The Old Mineola City Hall" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mineola.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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