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Police Department / Masonic Lodge site

Police Department / Masonic Lodge site

Tour Stop 30

Police Department / Masonic Lodge site

Just down the street in back of this building is the site of first building for the oldest Masonic Lodge west of the Mississippi. The Masonic Hall was erected in 1840 by the Washington Lodge of the Masons on a lot deeded by Governor Archibald Yell. During the Civil War, Union troops occupied the building and it is said it was spared because Colonel Harrison and many of his men were Masons from that very Lodge. But, it didn't survive the march of progress. It was torn down in 1963 to make way for the city police department.


Photo Courtesy of: Speece & Aaron, Photographers. Courtesy Shiloh Museum of Ozark History / Washington County Historical Society Collection (P-5)
History provided by: Gary Coover, Coover Consultants

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