Caldwell Opera House
CALDWELL OPERA HOUSE: The Caldwell Opera House, Caldwell's oldest building, stands on the corner of Central and Main Street. Original construction began in 1879 and housed Caldwell's first Opera House. Although mainly used for entertainment, it also housed a bank downstairs. The building boasts a colorful history. Not only was it the site of a shootout between Caldwell citizens and cowboy outlaws, but the bank president absconded with customer money and left town.The building, which slowly deteriorated over the years, became in danger of demolition. The Caldwell Historical Society purchased the building for back taxes and following a series of fund raisers, private donations, matching grants and many hours of volunteer hours by dedicated citizens; the old opera house was completely renovated. A grand re-opening was held in August of 2006 . Today the beautifully renovated Opera House is used not only for cultural and entertainment events, but also showcases a display of historical artifacts from the 1880s during Caldwell's "hey-day" as a "rough and tumble" cowtown along the Chisholm Trail.
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