Sonora in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sonora Opera Hall
Erected 2006 by Grand Council, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 58.905′ N, 120° 22.925′ W. Marker is in Sonora, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on South Washington Street (State Highway 49) south of West Church Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on a stone base to the left of the building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 South Washington Street, Sonora CA 95370, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Sonora (within shouting distance of this marker); Sonora Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); First Two-Story House in Sonora (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Sonora Plaza Well (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sonora Inn (about 500 feet away); City Hotel (about 600 feet away); Sugg House (about 700 feet away); First Home of Wells Fargo & Company in Sonora (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sonora.
Regarding Sonora Opera Hall. It was constructed from the ruins of the Star Flouring Mill that was originally on the site. James Divoll and Joseph Bray who owned the Bonanza gold mine, which was located close to where Sonora High School is today, had built the mill in 1879. Some thought that gold from the Bonanza was stored at the flourmill until it could be transported by wagon to Stockton. In August 1885, some men broke into the flourmill, probably searching for gold. A fire was started which destroyed much of the flourmill. Jacob Bray, the night watchman, and Joseph’s brother were killed in the fire. Instead of rebuilding the flourmill, Divoll and Bray decided to use the remaining brick walls in the construction of the Opera Hall. On Christmas Eve 1885, a roller skating party was held as the
Source: Tuolumne County Historical Society - http://www.tchistory.org/TCHISTORY/Sonora.htm
Also see . . . Welcome to Historic Sonora. During the Gold Rush era not only did Sonora have bordellos and bars...it also had culture. (Submitted on June 16, 2010.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 991 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.