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Vina in Tehama County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons

 
 
Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 21, 2008
1. Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons Marker
Inscription. This monument was erected on the 75th anniversary of the date of its charter May 10-th 1923 by
Western Star Lodge
No. 2 F.& A.M.

of Shasta, Calif.
The oldest Masonic Chapter in Calif.
Granted May 10-th
1848.
By the Grand Lodge of
Missouri.
To
Sashel Woods. W.M.
Peter Lassen. J.W.
To open a lodge at Benton City. Upper California.
 
Erected 1923 by Western Star Lodge No. 2 F.&A.M.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 56.879′ N, 122° 3.243′ W. Marker is in Vina, California, in Tehama County. Marker is on State Highway 99 one mile north of South Avenue when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vina CA 96092, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lassen Trail - Lassen Rancho Site (approx. one mile away); First Seat of Tehama County Government (approx. 6.5 miles away); The Tehama Railroad Bridge (approx. 6.6 miles away); Tehama County Museum Foundation
Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons Marker and Monument image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 21, 2008
2. Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons Marker and Monument
(approx. 6.6 miles away); Old Tehama County Jail (approx. 6.6 miles away); Maywood Woman's Clubhouse (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Hotel Maywood (approx. 6.8 miles away); Miners Inn (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a cement monument on the west side of Highway 99, about one mile north of Vina.
 
Regarding Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons.

Peter Lassen (mentioned on the marker), was a pioneer rancher in northern California, who is best remembered for establishing the Lassen cutoff of the California trail. Lassen County, Mount Lassen, and Lassen Volcanic National Park all bear his name.

Benton City (mentioned on the marker) was a settlement established by Lassen in 1845. Named after Senator Thomas Hart Benton, the settlement was emptied of population after the Gold Rush of 1849.

"Upper California" (mentioned on the marker) is the anglicized form of Alta California, the name for the colonial Spanish province mostly comprised of California and Nevada.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Subsequent to
Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons Marker = Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 21, 2008
3. Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons Marker = Wide View
The marker is visible, here looking south on Highway 99. The white sign in the distance indicates Deer Creek, upon whose opposite shore was situated Benton City (mentioned on the marker).
its founding in Benton City, Western Star Lodge No. 2 relocated to Shasta in May, 1851.
 
Also see . . .  A History of Western Star Lodge #2. The history of Western Star Lodge #2, as told by the Lodge. (Submitted on May 3, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 843 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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