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Piper's Opera House: 1940

Piper's Opera House: 1940

March 1940. "Piper's Opera House. Virginia City, Nevada." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Below is the same view from May of 2010.

Pauline Cushman, Spy of the Cumberland, one night at Opera House

I wrote a biography of Pauline Cushman. She was a Civil War spy and a nineteenth-century actress. On 20 November 1872 she appeared for one night at the Piper Opera House in an attempt to re-start her acting career on the west coast. Her career went nowhere and she went on to California and Arizona.

Alf Doten of the Gold Hill News published the following the day after:

THE LECTURE.—Miss Major Pauline Cushman’s lecture last evening at Piper’s Opera House, giving an account of her daring exploits and adventures during the late war of the rebellion, while in the United States secret service was well and fashionably attended. The lady arose from a sick bed to which she had been confined for the last two or three days with a severe cold, and was in no condition to lecture, but she did, nevertheless, receiving plenty of applause.

The Virginia Evening Chronicle published:

MAJOR CUSHMAN’S LECTURE.—The lecture last evening by Miss major Cushman did not give the satisfaction expected by the numerous assemblage present. The lady, as we understand has been quite sick for some time in this city, which has prostrated her mentally and physically to a considerable extent, but as she had announced her lecture for the evening, rather than disappoint the public she nerved herself to the task, which was beyond her strength, and for the time being failed to sustain the reputation acquired in Eastern cities as a lecturess of first-class ability. We understand she will try again in a short time, when we hope she will give better satisfaction.

Waiting ...

Anxiously awaiting the tterrapix version of this one, too. Did the vent pipe make it to '66?

Miraculously, not burnt down.

Well, not yet.

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