Site of Old Sherman Opera House

Site of Old Sherman Opera House (HM1E68)

Location: Sherman, TX 75090 Grayson County
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N 33° 38.321', W 96° 36.604'

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Formerly a 3-story Victorian structure with twin cupolas. Built by Capt. L. F. Ely, who made the bricks in his city factory.

Lavish interior had carpeted aisle, damask curtains and red plush seats. Benches in economy section were called the "Buzzard Roost". From its completion (1881) until closing (1918), it helped make Sherman a cultural center. First show was operetta "The Mikado". Also given here were Shakespearean plays, musical reviews, temperance lectures and trained animal acts.

Remodeled (1961) for commercial use. Original bricks remain.
HM NumberHM1E68
Marker Number11537
Year Placed1969
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 8:13am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 721660 N 3724656
Decimal Degrees33.63868333, -96.61006667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 38.321', W 96° 36.604'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 38' 19.26" N, 96° 36' 36.24" W
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Area Code(s)903, 430
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 306 N Travis St, Sherman TX 75090, US
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