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Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building

 
 
Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 9, 2010
1. Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building Marker
Inscription.  Morning Star Lodge #20 was instituted February 9, 1854. The Lodge met for several years on the second floor of a 48 x 24 foot hillside building near here. In 1859, the members erected a building on this site. On May 15th, 1910, a fire started in the woodshed behind the County Court House and both buildings were destroyed.

The members rebuilt this current edifice which was completed December 6th, 1911. That evening, the members hosted a Grand Ball on the newly installed spring floor, the only one of its kind in the county, and one of only a few left in the United States today.

Placerville Parlor #9, Native Sons of the Golden West, met in the original building for many years before moving to the Masonic Building down the street after the fire of 1910. Many of the cities early fraternal groups also met in this building, including the United Ancient Order of Druids, Improved Order of Redman, and the Independent Order of Foresters.

This Building is dedicated to the memory of those early pioneer Odd Fellows of El Dorado County, who indeed lived and preserved the “Spirit of 49” from those earliest mining
Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 9, 2010
2. Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building
Marker is visible at the far left of the building.
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Erected 2010 by Native Sons of the Golden West.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list.
 
Location. 38° 43.772′ N, 120° 48.008′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Main Street west of Bedford Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted on the front of the building at the far left. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 467 Main Street, Placerville CA 95667, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Respectful Memory of Joseph M. Staples (a few steps from this marker); Douglass – Hines Building Bricks (a few steps from this marker); James D. Rinehart (within shouting distance of this marker); Confidence Engine Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Confidence Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Emigrant Jane (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Fairchild Building (within shouting distance of this marker); County of El Dorado Courthouse Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Placerville.
 
Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 9, 2010
3. Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building
Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building Architecture image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 9, 2010
4. Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building Architecture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,028 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 9, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2, 3, 4. submitted on September 10, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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