By 1898, the Village of Red Jacket (now Calumet) had a sizeable surplus in its treasury. Local leaders decided to expand the town hall with the addition of a 1,200 seat opera house. The theater opened on March 20, 1900, with a touring Broadway production of Reginald DeKoven’s The Highwaymen. Over the years, numerous well-known performers made their way to Red Jacket, including John Phillip Sousa, Sarah Bernhardt, Jason Robards, Sr. and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. The historic opera house gives us a glimpse into the lives of the village's residents; as everyone from miners to company presidents attended perfomances here.
Did You Know?
"Keweenaw" (pronounced key-wah-nah) is an Ojibway word that means "the crossing place," or "land crossing between two bodies of water." It refers to the Ojibway's use of Portage Lake as a portage across the Keweenaw Peninsula.