Shawnee in Perry County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
An early example of skyscraper construction with its steel I beams, the second story is a flat-floor, clear-span space with stage and balcony. The Improved Order of Red Men and their female counterparts, the Daughters of Pocahontas, shared the impressive lodge rooms on the third floor. The Red Men and Pocahontas were among more than two dozen fraternal organizations that made their home along Main Street during the boom era.
The first floor storefronts were used as a confectionery, bowling alley, barber shop and movie theater. Initially a silent theater, in 1930 it was converted to sound and renamed the “New” Linda Theater. First run talking films were brought to Shawnee by local businessman and building owner Louis Hatem. The final movies were shown in 1959.
The second floor was originally named “The Indian Theater.” It hosted traveling theatrical groups including vaudeville shows, as
Severely damaged by water from a failed roof, the building was saved from the wrecking ball in 1976 by a group of local citizens who purchased it and began restoration.
The building was renamed Tecumseh Theater as a way to honor and remember the extraordinary Shawnee Tribe leader. Tecumseh may well have traveled through and hunted in the forest here in the late 1700’s along the Belpre Trail, a major Indian trail that passed through the narrow valley that is now Shawnee. It is believed that the Shawnee favored hunting here because of the natural saltlicks located in the area. Large game valued by the native people for their meat and fur were attracted by the salt.
Erected 2011. (Marker Number 2.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Charity & Public Work • Entertainment • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
Location. 39° 36.239′ N, 82° 12.734′ W. Marker is in Shawnee, Ohio, in Perry County. Marker is on Main StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 Main St, Shawnee OH 43782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Black Diamonds and Bricks (here, next to this marker); A Boom Town (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Shawnee and the Little Cities of Back Diamond Region (here, next to this marker); Shawnee (here, next to this marker); A Little City in the Forest (a few steps from this marker); Knights of Labor Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Saltlick Township Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); World’s Greatest Mine Fire (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shawnee.
Also see . . . Welcome to The Tecumseh Theater: The Soul of the Little Cities. Theater website homepage (Submitted on July 14, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.