“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Nevada in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Empire Masonic Lodge No. 586

Empire Masonic Lodge No. 586 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jesse Nelsen, January 8, 2021
1. Empire Masonic Lodge No. 586 Marker

In the mid- to late 1800s, settlers established the Empire community, which at one time had a school, post office, churches, stores and a cotton gin. On December 14, 1884, 25 master masons petitioned the Grand Lodge of Texas to form a masonic lodge in Empire. The first officers for Empire Lodge No. 586 were M.W. McBride, worshipful master; E.B. Simmons, senior warden; W.M. Blakeman, junior warden; J.E. Jones, secretary; and J.L. Stallings, treasurer. Meetings were held at Empire College on the Saturdays before full moons.

In 1888, as Empire began to decline, the masonic lodge moved to Nevada. Members built a two-story wooden building facing west on Warren Street. In 1904, Empire Lodge bought the J.E. Davis building on the northwest corner of the Nevada Square and sold the former building. The Davis building was destroyed by the deadly 1927 tornado which led to Nevada’s decline. The lodge endured, and construction began on a new building using funds donated by fellow lodges, the Grand Lodge and a loan; members met in the Odd Fellows Hall until the new structure was completed. In 1972, the lodge moved from that building into a new
Empire Masonic Lodge No. 586 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jesse Nelsen, January 8, 2021
2. Empire Masonic Lodge No. 586 Marker

Masonic Lodge No. 586 has reached out to its surrounding communities since its inception. It adopted Bear Creek Cemetery, the last remaining vestige of the old Empire settlement. Over the years, the lodge has also aided children of deceased members in getting into the masonic orphanage, has recommended area children with disabilities for the Scottish Rite Hospital, and has participated in other community, school and social events. Today, it remains historically intertwined with Empire, while functioning as the oldest institution in Nevada.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15759.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 33° 2.511′ N, 96° 22.295′ W. Marker is in Nevada, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is on Highway 6 east of Center Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nevada TX 75173, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thompson Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Abston Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Copeville (approx. 3.8 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Royse City (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Church of Christ in Rockwall
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(approx. 8.3 miles away); First Baptist Church of Farmersville (approx. 8.4 miles away); Farmersville (approx. 8.4 miles away); Audie Murphy’s Homecoming (approx. 8.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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