Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of the First Masonic Hall in Fort Worth
Donated to the lodge by Middleton T. Johnson, the site of the lodge once lay outside the city's populated area. The hall sat well beyond the old fort grounds, and even at about four blocks east of the public square it was built on unplatted land outside the city's business district. Although plain in appearance, the red-brick building signified progress and civilization. Its two stories faced west with a bell tower over the main entrance. In 1871, Lawrence Steel, a member, sold the lodge an English-made bell (c. 1782) that became known as the Masonic bell. It rang to announce stagecoach arrivals, fires and the start of the school day.
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13486.)
Location. 32° 45.448′ N, 97° 20.067′ W. Marker is in Fort Worth, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is at the intersection of West Belknap Street (State Highway 347 Spur) and North Houston Street (Business U.S. 287), on the right when traveling west on West Belknap Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 W Belknap St, Fort Worth TX 76102, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Worth (here, next to this marker); The Site of Camp Worth (here, next to this marker); Tarrant County Criminal Courts Building (a few steps from this marker); Leonard Brothers Department Store (within shouting distance of this marker); First School (within shouting distance of this marker); 1784 Tarrant County 1815 (about 400 feet away, measured "The Stage Leaves From Here" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Worth's First Telephone Exchange (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Worth.
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