Greetings from the South Dakota prairie and Resurgam Lodge #31. We're about a block from the World's Only Corn Palace and invite you to (1) look at our website - www.hiram.net/webs/MASONIC/windtimer/index.html and (2) stop by and visit if you're ever passing through. We're right on I-90 in the east central part of the state!
Great website, and what a fab building! Your lodge has an impressive pedigree too - 1880's must make it one of the older lodges in the US.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
Bod - I recently visited Adams Lodge, Wellfleet, Cape Cod. Chartered in 1797 by no less than Paul Revere himself. Their current building dates from the mid 1800's I seem to recall and the pillars inside supporting the building are from the remains of the local fishing fleet at the time.
Bod - thanks for the compliments! We've been around since the founding of Dakota Territory - but that's not all that old. As Guy pointed out there are a number of much older lodges dating back to early colonial days on the Atlantic coast. Remember that this part of the U.S. was purchased from France in 1803. Freemasons Merriweather Lewis and William Clark commanded the "Corps of Discovery" that followed the Missouri River to its source in the Rocky Mountains and then took the Columbia on to the Pacific and then back to Missouri over the course of the next 3 years. When our lodge was chartered this was still Dakota Territory, the railroads hadn't come through yet [But were expected!] and it was wide open cattle and bonanza wheat ranching country.