During the latter part of the 19th century, Carrollton’s economy was booming with the burgeoning tobacco trade and riverboat traffic. As a main port of export for products heading south to New Orleans, Carrollton was able to reap the benefits of being a place where much money was changing hands. The entrepreneurial spirit inspired some to capitalize on the flood of money and goods by opening up shops, bars and places of entertainment. This led a member of the very enterprising Howe family, James Howe, to go into show business.
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