Vina in Tehama County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons
No. 2 F.& A.M.
of Shasta, Calif.
The oldest Masonic Chapter in Calif.
Granted May 10-th
By the Grand Lodge of
Sashel Woods. W.M.
Peter Lassen. J.W.
Erected 1923 by Western Star Lodge No. 2 F.&A.M.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vina CA 96092, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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˝ miles away); The Tehama Railroad BridgeTehama County Museum Foundation (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 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,025 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on February 9, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 3, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.