“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rowena in Runnels County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

SPJST Lodge No. 49

SPJST Lodge No. 49 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 13, 2016
1. SPJST Lodge No. 49 Marker
On May 2, 1904, eighteen charter members organized SPJST Lodge No. 49 in Runnels County. Founded just eight years after the SPJST’s organization, Lodge No. 49 continued the Czech-Texan benevolent society’s goals of promoting fellowship and Czech culture, and providing life insurance and care for its members. In 1927, the lodge began working with local Sokol organization members on a new building. Once opened, it functioned as a meeting place for the groups, in addition to other organizations. Sporting activities and community and celebratory events have also been held on the grounds. Today, SPJST Lodge No. 49 continues to promote fraternalism while building up the Rowena community.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16206.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical date for this entry is May 2, 1904.
Location. 31° 38.66′ N, 100° 2.478′ W. Marker is in Rowena, Texas, in Runnels County. Marker is on Concho Road (Farm to Market Road 2133) south of Ewald Street, on
S.P.J.S.T. Lodge 49 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 13, 2016
2. S.P.J.S.T. Lodge 49
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the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rowena TX 76875, 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. Sons of Hermann Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rowena (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oldest Rock Building in City (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sweet Home School (approx. 4.4 miles away); J.W. Clampitt (approx. 6.7 miles away); San Clemente Mission (approx. 6.8 miles away); Colorado River Ferry Crossing (approx. 8.4 miles away); Abilene & Southern Depot (approx. 8˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rowena.
Also see . . .  Czechs (in Texas). From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on February 19, 2017, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 424 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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Dec. 7, 2022