Sonora Opera Hall

Sonora Opera Hall (HMLC3)

Location: Sonora, CA 95370 Tuolumne County
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N 37° 58.905', W 120° 22.925'

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James Divoll and Joseph Bray, owners of the Bonanza mine constructed the Star Flouring Mills on this site in 1879. In August 1885 the mill burned, leaving the stone and brick walls. From the ruins they built the Opera Hall. The Hall was only active for about 10 years, hosting plays, patriotic events, fairs and exhibits. In 1896 Bray became the sole owner and converted the building into a carpenter shop. Joseph Francis and John Damas acquired the property in 1911 and opened the Opera Hall Garage, which operated until 1979. Francis bought out Damas in 1922. The City of Sonora acquired the property in 1986 and through state grants, redevelopment, and volunteer efforts was able to restore the building.
HM NumberHMLC3
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series, and the More Than Words series.
Year Placed2006
Placed ByGrand Council, E Clampus Vitus
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 2:49am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 729922 N 4207024
Decimal Degrees37.98175000, -120.38208333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 58.905', W 120° 22.925'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 58' 54.30" N, 120° 22' 55.50" W
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Area Code(s)209
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 273 S Washington St, Sonora CA 95370, US
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