Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Old Masonic Cemetery
Plot Size: 67” by 68’
In purchasing this site from the Board of Trustees, Sacramento City Cemetery, July 30, 1859, the Order of Free and Accepted Masons became the first fraternal organization in Sacramento to provide a private burial plot for its members – a cemetery within a cemetery. The Old Masonic was acquired in two sections, the last of which was purchased April 30, 1860, increased the plot to its present size and brought the total cost to the Masonic Order up to $579.00.
FREE AND ACCEPTED ORDER OF THE MASONS
In September of 1849, the first known meeting of Master Masons in Sacramento was called by notices placed on trees at an old horse market at 6th and K Streets. This meeting organized a masonic association for the relief of sick and distressed, although at the time there were only 69 Masons in Sacramento.
Also meetings held in 1849 set the groundwork for the formation of Sacramento’s first two chartered Masonic Lodges – the Connecticut Lodge No.75, later changed to Tehama No.3, and New Jersey Lodge, later renamed Jenning’s No.4. Both lodges were granted
Buried near the Northeast boundary of the Old Masonic Cemetery, the Hon. John Bigler is perhaps this section’s most notable resident. A Master Mason and one of the founders of Tehama Lodge No.3, Bigler was also the first Speaker of the Assembly, 1840-1850, the third governor of the state, 1852-1856, and United States Minister to Chile, 1857-1881.
Erected by Sacramento City Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is April 30, 1768.
Location. 38° 33.739′ N, 121° 30.03′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is located at the Sacramento City Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Bigler (a few steps from this marker); Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862) (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacramento Turn Verein (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Odd Fellows Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); Veteran of Foreign Wars Memorial Theodora Tiffee Purkitt, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Luella Buckminster-Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker); The G.A.R. Memorial Plot (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Also see . . . Representative and Leading Men of the Pacific: John Bigler. (Submitted on December 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
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