Corning Opera House provides history and relief from heat during RAGBRAI

The Opera House was built in 1902 and renovated in 2012


Published 07/25 2016 07:23PM

Updated 07/25 2016 08:58PM

Monday's ride included six ride through towns, including Corning, the county seat of Adams County.
Riders started rolling in town before lunchtime, and, as is the case all along the route, there were plenty of options.
But along with the buffet of bikers delights, Corning offered up some history in the form of their recently renovated opera house. Its upstairs windows provided a perfect perch to watch riders roll through town.
Built in 1902 and restored for 4.5 million in 2012 this classic two story venue seats 300. It hosts a season long variety series as well as a children's musicals.
Riders were able to cool down and gain some knowledge all at the same time.
"I like to take in the whole culture of Iowa so getting to see these kind of places is nice" said Nicole Straker of Des Moines.
"Its a wonderful way to show off Corning's history and history of the Opera House built in 1902 and just showcasing our wonderful community,"  said De Heaton, Exec Director."
A fun fact, De, the director, graduated from Sioux City's Morningside College.


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