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Site of First Masonic Meetings

 
 
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By Trev Meed, July 26, 2014
1. Site of First Masonic Meetings Marker
Inscription.
This Monument Marks The Site
Wherein
Virginia City Lodge No. 43
Of Kansas
And
Montana Lodge No. 9
Of Colorado
Held Their First Meetings.

Virginia City Lodge
Held Its First Meeting
February 27th, AL. 5864.

Montana Lodge
Held Its First Meeting
May 30th, AL. 5865.

 
Location. 45° 17.597′ N, 111° 56.841′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Montana, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Wallace Street (Montana Route 287) 0.1 miles west of Jackson Street. Click for map. Hidden in a brushy alley area. This marker was hard to find. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia City MT 59755, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J.B. LaBeau, Jeweler (a few steps from this marker); G. Goldberg Store (a few steps from this marker); Kiskadden’s Stone Block (a few steps from this marker); Strasburger’s Colorado Store (a few steps from this marker); Kramer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Anaconda Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Buford Block (within shouting distance of this marker); S.L. Simpson Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Regarding Site of First Masonic Meetings.
Site of First Masonic Meetings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, July 26, 2014
2. Site of First Masonic Meetings Marker
Note that the years on the marker are indicated in using a Masonic Calendar, with the zero-year of the calendar, Anno Lucis being 4,000 years before the beginning of the Common Era, i.e. 4,000 BCE. Hence the years provided on the marker are 1864 and 1865, respectively.
 
Also see . . .  History of Virginia City Masonic Temple. John Ellingsen presents a history of the Virginia City Masonic Temple, "...in early December, 1863, the Grand Lodge of Kansas, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, granted a dispensation for Virginia City, Idaho Territory, to form Kansas Lodge No. 43. Though granted December 7, 1863, it took until February 1864 for the dispensation to reach isolated Virginia City. Many of the same men who had been hanging the road agents only days before met in solemn dignity on February 27, 1864 at the first Masonic meeting in Montana, held in the Montana Billard Hall, next door west of the present Fairweather Inn. (Submitted on October 13, 2015.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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