LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — The evolution of entertainment in Logansport from saloon pianos to a theater’s development into a test audience for Chicago is covered in a new museum exhibit.
The exhibit called “From Saloons to Theaters” is now open at the Cass County Historical Society museum.
Historical Society executive director Thelma Conrad tells the Pharos-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1fAFKzb ) Logansport became a test audience for Chicago after the Broadway Theater began live shows in 1911. She says if a show flopped in Logansport, groups knew not to continue with it.
A description in the exhibit states the number of saloons listed in an index for the northern Indiana city grew from four in 1859 to 28 just 10 years later and 40 by 1877.
Information from: Pharos-Tribune, http://www.pharostribune.com