Grand Ledge in Eaton County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Blake's Opera House
Constructed in 1884 as a roller skating rink, this building was purchased by Peter Blake and opened as Blake's Opera House in 1886. Here, audiences enjoyed talent shows, vaudeville, silent movies and athletic contests. Between 1928 and 1984, the Stephens and Mapes families used he building as a furniture store. The Mapes family donated the building for a community center. It was restored by the Grand Ledge Area Historical Society and the chamber of commerce.
Erected 1999 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1943.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 45.242′ N, 84° 44.692′ W. Marker is in Grand Ledge, Michigan, in Eaton County. Marker is at the intersection of South Bridge Street and East River Street, on the right when traveling north on South Bridge Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 South Bridge Street, Grand Ledge MI 48837, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shane Jewelry Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald Home (approx. Fitzgerald Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Quarrying and Carrying (approx. 1.4 miles away); What's Buried Down Below? (approx. 1.4 miles away); Where You are Standing Wasn't Always Woods (approx. 1.4 miles away); Through Fire, Depression and War - The Legend Lives On (approx. 1½ miles away); The Old Boiler Room and Sand House (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Ledge.
Also see . . . History. (Submitted on September 2, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.