DON WETZEL and son Brian Wetzel, of Wetzel Housemoving, in Lane, were working on the basement door of the 1905 Opera House last week. They were using their crawler to add 18 inches of dirt to the floor to help eliminate moisture problems. A gravel surface will now be added to the hard packed layer of dirt. The dirt should help preserve the foundation of the building, which is one of eight structures in Wessington Springs to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The building was originally located around a block east of its present site. It continued to be used as an opera house and theater, before eventually becoming property of the City of Wessington Springs.
After serving many years as the town’s fire hall (main floor) and city shop (basement) it fell into disrepair. The opera house is a popular place for community events– such as the Mother’s Day program that was held there last weekend, and the Foothills Art Show, which is held there each summer.
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