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Looking for answers: who drew the 'bronc rider mural' in the old Opera House?


September 30, 2020

The line drawing shows an enhanced view of the 'bronc rider mural' on the wall of a dressing room in the old Opera House in Chinook. In the photo Lesley Zellmer, one of the co-owners of the building that houses the Opera House, stands beside the pencil drawing to show its size. The Opera House opened in 1903 upstairs over the present Treasure State Title Company and Lodestar Land and Home real estate office in the 200 block of Indiana Street in Chinook.

Over the last few years alert "Journal" readers have provided missing information to me for stories in the newspaper. Most recently, a Shelby subscriber identified the artist of the mural in the old Kuhr Clothing Store in downtown Chinook. Other readers have kindly pointed out errors I made in my research or conclusions, giving me a chance to make corrections. Now comes a new mystery and I need some help in solving it-it involves the Chinook Opera House

A short history of the Opera House

In July of this year I did a story about the Chinook Opera House. The two story brick building that hou...

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