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Old Masonic Cemetery

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
1. Old Masonic Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Plot Size: 67” by 68’
Established 1859

In purchasing this site from the Board of Trustees, Sacramento City Cemetery, July 30, 1859, the Order of Free and Accepted Masons became the first fraternal organization in Sacramento to provide a private burial plot for its members – a cemetery within a cemetery. The Old Masonic was acquired in two sections, the last of which was purchased April 30, 1860, increased the plot to its present size and brought the total cost to the Masonic Order up to $579.00.

FREE AND ACCEPTED ORDER OF THE MASONS
In September of 1849, the first known meeting of Master Masons in Sacramento was called by notices placed on trees at an old horse market at 6th and K Streets. This meeting organized a masonic association for the relief of sick and distressed, although at the time there were only 69 Masons in Sacramento.

Also meetings held in 1849 set the groundwork for the formation of Sacramento’s first two chartered Masonic Lodges – the Connecticut Lodge No.75, later changed to Tehama No.3, and New Jersey Lodge, later renamed Jenning’s No.4. Both lodges were granted their charter by the Grand Lodge of California 1850.

HONORED MASONS
Buried near the Northeast boundary of the Old Masonic Cemetery, the Hon. John Bigler is perhaps this section’s
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By Syd Whittle, December 3, 2008
2. Old Masonic Cemetery
most notable resident. A Master Mason and one of the founders of Tehama Lodge No.3, Bigler was also the first Speaker of the Assembly, 1840-1850, the third governor of the state, 1852-1856, and United States Minister to Chile, 1857-1881.
 
Erected by Sacramento City Cemetery.
 
Location. 38° 33.739′ N, 121° 30.03′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Click for map. Marker is located at the Sacramento City Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Bigler (a few steps from this marker); Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Odd Fellows Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacramento Turn Verein (within shouting distance of this marker); Luella Buckminster-Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker); The G.A.R. Memorial Plot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. Holland Laidler Camp No.5 Plot (about 300 feet away); The Bennett Brothers (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Connecticut Lodge No.75 (a.k.a. Tehama Lodge).
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By Syd Whittle, December 3, 2008
3. Old Masonic Cemetery
(Submitted on December 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Tehama Lodge No. 3. (Submitted on December 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. Governor John Bigler. (Submitted on December 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
4. Representative and Leading Men of the Pacific: John Bigler. (Submitted on December 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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John Bigler Burial Monument image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
4. John Bigler Burial Monument
Located at the Old Masonic Cemetery

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Old Masonic Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 3, 2008
5. Old Masonic Cemetery Marker
 
 
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