Stafford Opera House gives its last performance

STAFFORD, Kansas (AP) – Residents of a small central Kansas town attended the final act of an historic opera house this week.

The Stafford Opera House in Stafford was demolished Wednesday after age and decay took its toll.

German immigrant August Weide organized the Stafford Opera Company in 1910 and the building was erected the next year. It was named the Weide in his honor.

In its early days, the building hosted traveling shows, graduations and other events. It also housed the town newspaper, The Stafford Courier, for many years.

In recent years, the building had begun to fall apart.

The Pratt Daily Tribune reports  a private effort to raise funds to restore the building failed and the city declared it a hazardous structure.

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