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Columbus in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old Stafford Opera House

 
 
Old Stafford Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
1. Old Stafford Opera House Marker
Inscription.  

Built 1886 by R.E. Stafford, 1834-1890, millionaire cattleman. Stately interior (which seated 1,000) had gas-burning chandeliers and an elaborate hand-painted curtain. Architect was N.J. Clayton, who designed many opulent Texas buildings. Opening performance, "As in a Looking Glass," starred famous Lillian Russell. Magician Houdini also played here, as did other prominent entertainers. On performance days, special trains ran from distant towns.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1969
 
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5087.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
 
Location. 29° 42.318′ N, 96° 32.427′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Spring Street and Milam Street (Texas Highway 52), on the right when traveling east on Spring Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus TX 78934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
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marker. Colorado County, 1837, and Robert "Three-Legged Willie" Williamson (within shouting distance of this marker); Stafford-Miller House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rangers of Austin's Colony (within shouting distance of this marker); Tumlinson Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Ehrenwerth-Ramsey-Untermeyer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Colorado County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Colorado County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1890 Cornerstone Ceremony (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Regarding Old Stafford Opera House. The building is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Old Stafford Opera House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
2. Old Stafford Opera House
In the National Register of Historic Places image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans
3. In the National Register of Historic Places
Colorado County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
4. Colorado County Courthouse
The Colorado County Courthouse is across the street from the Opera House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 599 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   4. submitted on September 4, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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