Grand Lodge of Utah, Free and Accepted Masons
Grand Lodge of the Month - October 2009
On March 6, 1859, Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 205, under dispensation from the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri, was authorized to begin operations at Camp Floyd near Fairfield, Utah. Older than the state itself, Utah Freemasonry began 45 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, on a former military post which quartered the largest troop concentration in the United States from 1858 to 1861.
That was 150 years ago. "Since that time, Freemasonry has been an integral part of Utah's history, helping men of strong moral character to improve themselves and society," says Loyd E. Davis, Grand Master of Masons in Utah. "Distinguished Utah Masons such as J.C. Penney and Governor J. Bracken Lee have obviously left a lasting impact on our great state."
Today, Utah Freemasons are celebrating their sesquicentennial year in grand style. Utah Grand Master Davis instituted Camp Floyd Historic Lodge Under Dispensation on May 23, 2009. Many Utah Masons became charter life-members of the new lodge.
Over the past several years, Utah Masons have celebrated their anniversary with a Master Mason degree presented in Civil War period clothing by Wasatch Lodge No. 1, the longest continually-operational lodge in Utah. However, the 2009 sesquicentennial exemplification was especially festive and well-attended, including dignitaries from other states. The Grand Master and Past Grand Master from the Grand Lodges of AF&AM of Missouri and Idaho, respectively, attended, as did the Deputy Grand Master from the Grand Lodge of AF&AM of New Mexico, and, of course, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Utah, along with most Utah Grand Lodge officers.
The sesquicentennial was also observed with proclamations in the Utah House and Senate chambers recognizing March 6, 2009, as the sesquicentennial of Freemasonry in Utah and thanking Masons for 150 years of service to the state while legislators applauded. Separately, the Utah governor offered his appreciation in a letter to the Grand Lodge of Utah, and local media have been covering the story.
Utah now boasts 29 Masonic lodges in addition to many active appendant bodies, youth organizations, and Masonic clubs. The Craft is alive and well in the Beehive State!Grand Lodge, F. & A.M., of Utah
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