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Hand In Hand: The story of Clinton, Iowa and the Rise of The Davis Opera House documents the parallel development of the city of Clinton, Iowa due to the lumber boom of the 1880's and the building of the first opera house of significance in the community, The Davis Opera House. Documentation from primary and secondary sources reveals a strong connection between the lumber industry and the subsequent building of The Davis. In addition to lumber, rail developments and the building of a bridge across the Mississippi River connecting Iowa and Illinois, played a secondary role in Clinton's development. The innovations of lumber baron W.J. Young of Clinton were adopted world-wide in the transportation of logs. His relationship with the railroad serves as documentation for the interdependence of lumber and rail industries. The role of the Davis Opera House in the life of Clinton and more generally, the role of the opera house in any community is explored. The opera house is found to be a gauge for the life and vitality in any community and The Davis Opera House is an accurate gauge for the city of Clinton, Iowa in the late nineteenth century.

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Master of Arts


Department of Theatre


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