Details for Old Stafford Opera House (Atlas Number 5089005087)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5089005087


Marker Number 5087
Atlas Number 5089005087
Marker Title Old Stafford Opera House
Index Entry Stafford Opera House
Address 435 Spring Street
City Columbus
County Colorado
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 738049
UTM Northing 3288485
Subject Codes opera houses and theatre; design and construction
Marker Year 1969
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 435 Spring St., Columbus
Marker Size Medallion and Plate
Marker Text Built 1886 by R. E. Stafford, 1834-1890, millionaire cattleman. Stately interior (which seated 1,000) had gas-burning chandeliers and an elaborate hand-painted curtain. Architect was N. J. Clayton, who designed many opulent Texas buildings. Opening performance, "As in a Looking Glass," starred famous Lillian Russell. Magician Houdini also played here, as did other prominent entertainers. On performance days, special trains ran from distant towns.