If you’ve attended one of our history tours, you’ll know that the Elitch’s Zoological Gardens was opened a year before the theatre in 1890. 126 years ago John and Mary Elitch realized their dream and opened their gardens to the public for the summer of 1890.
At the close of their very-successful first season, they had clearing some $35,000 — $775,000 in present-day dollars! As John loved the theatre, he once again invested this new wealth in a theatrical endeavor.
Here we have a newspaper clipping from the November 8, 1890, edition of Denver’s Field and Farm newspaper. 126 years ago today the newspaper announced John’s new minstrel company and even gives an eerie foreshadowing of the group heading to California.
If you know the history of theatre, you know that, while in California, John contracted pneumonia and died on March 10, 1891, leaving Mary a widow at 35-years old.