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Western Star Lodge No. 2

 
 
Western Star Lodge No. 2 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 25, 2007
1. Western Star Lodge No. 2 Marker
Inscription. Oldest Chartered Masonic Lodge in California
Free and Accepted Masons
Originally chartered by the most worshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri, A F and A M
May 10th AL5848 (1848)
Dedicated in due and ancient form this 10th day of May AL5998 (1998) by the most worshipful Grand Lodge of California F & AM
Anthony P. Wordlow – Grand Master
1998 Western Star Lodge No. 2
Patrick R. Casady – Master
John R. Murry – Senior Warden
Ronald L. Craddock – Junior Warden
Sesquicentennial
150 years of Masonry in California
Donated by Redding Cemetery

 
Erected 1998 by Redding Cemetery.
 
Location. 40° 35.908′ N, 122° 29.465′ W. Marker is in Shasta, California, in Shasta County. Marker is on Highway 299 near Mackley Alley, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15344 State Highway 299 W, Shasta CA 96087, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of
Western Star Lodge No. 2 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 25, 2007
2. Western Star Lodge No. 2 and Marker
this marker. A different marker also named Western Star Lodge No. 2 (a few steps from this marker); Southside Ruins (within shouting distance of this marker); Noble’s Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); “Stage Drivers’ Plaque” (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold Storage Room (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shasta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Shasta State Historic Park. Plaque and building is next to the park. (Submitted on June 10, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.) 

2. Masons of California. (Submitted on June 10, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Text on Photo No. 5
The oldest Masonic lodge in the State of California. Chartered by the most worshipful Grand lodge of Missouri on the 10th of May 1848.

This building was dedicated on Saint John’s day, the 27th of December 1854 and has been in continuous use by the lodge ever since.

After the “Great Fire of June 14th 1853 when
Western Star Lodge No. 2 image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 25, 2007
3. Western Star Lodge No. 2
most of the City of Shasta was Destroyed, the lodge lost all of its possessions, save its Missouri charter, and continued to meet in the upper floor of Dr. Benjamin Shurtlett’s home which stood on a hill west of Town from 1851 to 1867 when it was lost to fire. On the 4th of December, 1854, the lodge trustees purchased the upper floor of this building, the street level being the Norton & Tucker general merchandise. In 1857 the lodge acquired ownership of the entire building.

The Western Star Masonic Hall Association Inc. owns & maintains this property and also a cemetery founded 1864, The Shasta Masonic Cemetery, located at 11471 Mule Town Road, Southwest of Town.
    — Submitted June 10, 2007.

 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Sign over right door image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 25, 2007
4. Sign over right door
Sign between doors image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 25, 2007
5. Sign between doors
Sign over left door image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 25, 2007
6. Sign over left door
Western Star Lodge No. 2 image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, May 25, 2007
7. Western Star Lodge No. 2
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,170 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 10, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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