Backstory and Context
Thanks in large part to the petroleum industry, Midland's economy (and that of Texas in general) was booming in the 1920s. As a result, the population grew and along with that demand for entertainment venues. Answering the call was a man named T.S. Hogan, who was a successful oilman and former U.S. Senator from Montana. He hired Hedrick, who was based in Fort Wayne, to design the theater. Construction began in 1927 and was finished two years later. A multi-purpose facility, the Yucca hosted a wide range of shows and events including operas, vaudeville acts, and high school graduations. The Midland Community Theatre bought it in 1999.
"History." Midland Community Theatre. Accessed December 24, 2019. https://mctmidland.org/about.
"The Yucca Theatre." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed December 24, 2019. https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=86493.
"Yucca Theatre Relives Golden Age of Vaudeville with Electro-Voice." Front House Magazine. July 22, 2008. https://fohonline.com/newsroom/news/yucca-theatre-relives-golden-age-of-vaudeville-with-electro-voice.
The Historical Marker Database