Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Volcano in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Volcano Masonic Cave

 
 
Volcano Masonic Cave Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 31, 2009
1. Volcano Masonic Cave Marker
Inscription.
In Memory of the Bryant Brothers

Clemens E. Bryant, Thomas L. Bryant, Roy Bryant and Walter F. Bryant

Whose surviving relatives deeded this property to Volcano Lodge No. 56 F. & A. M. on June 20, 1962.

Our pioneer brethren held five meetings in this cave in 1853 when they were organizing the Volcano Masonic Lodge.

Dedicated May 6, 1967
 
Erected 1967 by Volcano Lodge No. 56 F. & A. M.
 
Location. 38° 26.432′ N, 120° 37.828′ W. Marker is in Volcano, California, in Amador County. Marker can be reached from Masonic Cave Road 0.2 miles north of Pine Grove Volcano Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Volcano CA 95689, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. George Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moose Milk (about 400 feet away); General Store (about 600 feet away); Carlo Andrea Dondero (about 600 feet away); Soldier Gulch (approx. 0.2 miles away); Volcano (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Volcano (approx. 0.2 miles away); Astronomical Observatory (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Volcano.
 
More about this marker.
Masonic Cave Entrance and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 31, 2009
2. Masonic Cave Entrance and Marker
Parking and access to the cave are free. From the parking lot, follow the sign pointing to the main cave (past two slightly smaller caves). The cave is unlit, and there are no handrails or any safety features - be careful when entering the cave.
 
Regarding Volcano Masonic Cave. The cave itself seems not to extend back more than 30 feet into the hillside. From its limited size, one might surmise that attendance at these first Masonic meetings was probably sparse.
 
Also see . . .  Volcano. A potted history of Volcano, including a small section with additional pictures of the Masonic Cave. (Submitted on February 3, 2009.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Huell Howser Ca Gold was fun to watch
Really glad there is info online to support what I just watched on KBPS. Next time I'm in Gold Country I'll try to stop bye for a look see!

Editor's Note: Huell Howser's California Gold is a PBS production seen on California public TV stations. Huell and his crew visit historical sites throughout the state.
    — Submitted March 12, 2012, by Kris Stewart of Encinitas, California.

 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNatural Features
 
Masonic Cave Entrance Photo, Click for full size
Courtesy of the Bancroft Collection, University of California at Berkeley
3. Masonic Cave Entrance
The handwritten caption on the photo reads, "Masonic Cave at Volcano Calif Where the First Five Meetings Was Held in 1854". The photo was likely taken in 1935 or 1936.
Volcano Masonic Cave Photo, Click for full size
By Lindholm Photography, Stockton,Ca
4. Volcano Masonic Cave
Volcano, California
MASONIC CAVE - In which first five meetings of Volcano Lodge, F & AM No.56, were held in 1854, the year the Lodge received its charter.
Masonic Cave - Trail to Top of the Hill Photo, Click for full size
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 31, 2009
5. Masonic Cave - Trail to Top of the Hill
Immediately to the right of the cave entrance is a trail to the top of the hill in which the cave is situated. During the warmer months of the year it might be prudent to heed the warning sign.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 6,089 times since then and 260 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   4. submitted on .   5. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement