If the walls could talk (RC Opera House)

If the walls could talk (RC Opera House)

December 20, 2019

From 10/11's Pure Nebraska

We are learning about the Red Cloud Opera House, which has seen many events through the years, and is a landmark in town.

During a trip to Red Cloud, we visited with Ashley Olson, who is the executive director of the Willa Cather Foundation. We talked with her about the opera house. "This is a special place," Olson said. "It's one of the more ornamental buildings on main street. It was built in 1885 as an opera house, but also had some commercial businesses on the main level. The first floor of the building housed a grocery store, and a hardware store. The second level is the opera house auditorium." Many community functions happened at the opera house, and traveling productions came there via the railroad. It was a bustling and active place in a growing small town...