Near San Saba in San Saba County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
San Saba Lodge No. 612, A.F. & A.M.
San Saba Masonic Lodge No. 612 arose out of a long history of Freemasonry in San Saba County. This lodge, chartered on December 11, 1885, was the successor to Lodge No. 225 that was disbanded in 1882 as a result of financial troubles and a perceived association with the San Saba mob. The new lodge included 21 new members and distanced itself from associations to the infamous mob.
At the turn of the 20th century, Order membership had grown enough to construct a new two-story building at the 300 block of East Wallace Street. In this new building, the lodge continued their commitment to community service, helping to establish the first community library and equip the local post office. Unfortunately, a fire in 1909 destroyed the entire building, including records, challenging the lodge's survival. The members persevered and held meetings in brother T.A. Murray's building while new construction began on the same site later that year.
Despite periods of financial problems, particularly during the Great Depression, Lodge No. 612 maintained its commitment to charitable activities in local and national causes. Two lodges
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17113.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical date for this entry is December 11, 1885.
Location. 31° 11.73′ N, 98° 42.099′ W. Marker is near San Saba, Texas, in San Saba County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 190 and County Highway 100, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 190. The marker is located at the entrance to the Masonic Lodge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 525 US Hwy 190, San Saba TX 76877, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Saba Lodge No. 225, A.F. & A.M (here, next to this marker); John H. "Shorty" Brown Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); San Saba (approx. half a mile away); Galloway (approx. 0.6 miles away); Alma Ward Hamrick (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mill Pond House San Saba County Jail (approx. ¾ mile away); San Saba County Courthouse (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Saba.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.