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Guthrie in Logan County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Birthplace of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Oklahoma

 
 
Birthplace of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Oklahoma Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
1. Birthplace of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Oklahoma Marker
Inscription.  On October 3, 1899, William L. Eagleton, Grand Master of Masons for Oklahoma Territory, laid a cornerstone at this site for the construction of the first Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Oklahoma.

The Temple occupied the south half of this block and boasted a larger auditorium, stage and proscenium than the Brooks Opera House, also located in downtown Guthrie. It was fitted with all the modern improvements, including electric lights. The architect for the building was D.W.F. Turbyfill, Oklahoma City.

The Dedication Reunion of the Guthrie Scottish Rite Bodies was held on May 29-31, 1900. A class of 47 candidates emerged as 32 Masons, thus launching what would become one of the largest Scottish Rite Masonic organizations in the United States.

In 1920, a new edifice was constructed by the Scottish Rite at 900 East Oklahoma Avenue. The first Scottish Rite Temple in Oklahoma was finally razed in 1956.
 
Location. 35° 52.631′ N, 97° 25.355′ W. Marker is in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of South Broad Street and East

Marker near the Logan County Commissioner's Office. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
2. Marker near the Logan County Commissioner's Office.
Harrison Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: South Broad Street, Guthrie OK 73044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. State Seal Stolen (within shouting distance of this marker); First Library (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carnegie Library (about 600 feet away); Brooks Opera House (about 600 feet away); Rough Riders (about 700 feet away); De Steiguer Building (about 700 feet away); Oklahoma Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gray Bros. Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guthrie.
 
Also see . . .  Website of the Guthrie Scottish Rite Masonic Center. (Submitted on October 30, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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