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Traveling players pioneered show business in early Lodi

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Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 12:00 am

Years before moving pictures and the Academy Awards, show business came to early Lodi in the form of traveling musicians, theatrical actors, singers, orators and jugglers.

In the pioneer community's first years, from its birth in 1869 to the early 1870s, settlers were consumed with clearing land, planting crops, and building their homes and businesses, and little regard was given to other pursuits. Entertainment likely was not a high priority in Lodi's earliest years.

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