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

Western Star Lodge No. 2

Occupied 1854

 
 
Western Star Lodge No. 2 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 25, 2013
1. Western Star Lodge No. 2 Marker
Inscription. The oldest Masonic Lodge in the State of California. Chartered by the most worshipful Grand lodge of Missouri on the 10th of May, 1848.
This building was dedicated on Saint John’s day, the 27th of December, 1854 and has been in continuous use by the lodge ever since.
After the Great Fire on June 14th, 1863 when most of the City of Shasta was destroyed, the lodge lost all of its possessions, save its Missouri charter, and continued to meet in the upper floor of Dr. Benjamin Shurtteff’s home which stood on a hill west of town from 1851 to 1967 when it was lost to fire. On the 4th of December, 1854, the lodge trustees purchased the upper floor of this building, the street level being the Norton & Tucker general merchandise. In 1857 the lodge acquired ownership of the entire building.
The Western Star Masonic Hall Association Inc. owns and maintains this property and also a cemetery founded 1864. The Shasta Masonic Cemetery, located at 11471 Mule Town Road, southwest of town.
 
Location. 40° 35.914′ N, 122° 29.464′ W. Marker is in Shasta, California, in Shasta County. Marker is on Eureka Way (California Route 299), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15344 California 299, Shasta CA 96087, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Western Star Lodge No. 2 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 25, 2013
2. Western Star Lodge No. 2 Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Western Star Lodge No. 2 (a few steps from this marker); Noble’s Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Southside Ruins (within shouting distance of this marker); “Stage Drivers’ Plaque” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Coyle-Foster Barn in its Heyday (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gallows (about 300 feet away); Coyle-Foster Barn (about 300 feet away); Cold Storage Room (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Shasta.
 
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Western Star Lodge No. 2 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 25, 2013
3. Western Star Lodge No. 2
Masonic Lode and Store image. Click for full size.
By Roger Sturtevant, March 9, 1934
4. Masonic Lode and Store
Library of Congress - HABS CAL,45-SHAST,3--2
Dr. Shurtleff's House image. Click for full size.
By Roger Sturtevant, March 9, 1934
5. Dr. Shurtleff's House
Library of Congress - HABS CAL,45-SHAST,5--1
 
 
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