Beeville, TX Grand Opera House Fire, Dec 1919

Grand Opera House, Beeville, Texas 1910s

BEEVILLE, Texas.  Dec. 27. -- Damage estimated to total $100,000 was caused early this morning when fire destroyed the Grand Opera House building in the center of the business district.  Falling walls crashed through the roofs of two one story buildings adjoining on the west and through three on the south side.  Heavy damage was done by the falling walls to Moldave & Coin clothing store, the Cafe Royal, Hart's grocery, Dodge automobile agency and Goodman & Harris dry goods store.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 27 Dec 1919



Special to the News.

Beeville, Texas.  Dec. 27. -- Fire this morning about 1 o'clock destroyed the three-story opera house and damaged three other buildings.  The loss is more than $100,00, about 50 per cent of which is covered by insurance.

The volunteer fire fighters with their recently acquired motorized equipment prevented the flames from spreading and burning the entire business block, which is one of the most substantial in the city.

The opera house building was erected in 1908 by A. F. Rees and E. J. Kinkler.  Their loss is estimated at $50,000, with only $14,500 insurance.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 28 Dec 1919


The Grand Opera House was used as a temporary courthouse for Bee County after the Bee County Courthouse house burned in January 1911 and until a new courthouse was constructed in 1912.