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Our lodge meets on the first Thursday of every month (except July, when we meet on the second Thursday). Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Meetings start promptly at 7:30 p.m.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln appointed John Goodwin as governor of the Arizona Territory. Goodwin, a Mason, established the territorial capital in Prescott.
Early in 1864, nine Masons met at Goodwin’s home and decided to petition the Grand Lodge of California for a dispensation to open a Lodge in Prescott. In January, 1867, their request was granted. In 1881, four other lodges were established: in Phoenix, Tombstone, Tucson, and Globe. On March 25, 1882, these five lodges established the Grand Lodge of the Territory of Arizona.
Meanwhile, here in Flagstaff, the construction of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad and the erection of a large sawmill attracted merchants, stockmen, and laborers to the area. The first train whistled into town on April 2, 1882, the same year the Grand Lodge was established.
Typical of the westward expansion elsewhere, here in Flagstaff, Masons were among the first settlers. As the community took shape, these Masons, as Masons do, recognized each other and discussed the need for a local lodge. Flagstaff was part of Yavapai County at the time and the nearest Lodge was in Prescott. Coconino County would be established in 1891.
On December 17, 1888, Grand Master Morris Goldwater (Barry Goldwater’s “favorite” uncle) came to Flagstaff to constitute Flagstaff Lodge No. 7.
On October 26, 1893, disaster struck. The lodge hall was destroyed by fire. The charter was lost. The Grand Lodge issued another charter a month later. That charter hangs in our lodge room. For the next five years after the fire, the Lodge held its meetings on the second floor of City Hall while plans were made to build a new temple.
The cornerstone of the Masonic temple was laid on Sunday, October 7, 1917, at the corner of Birch Avenue and San Francisco Street. The building was completed in 1918, but it was not dedicated until September 1919 because of the ban on meetings due to the flu epidemic. It took nearly 25 years to pay off the building debt of $31,500 and $29,000 in interest.
Flagstaff Lodge No. 7 of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Grand Lodge of Arizona has been active in our community for over 130 years. We look forward to another 130 years of practicing the principal tenets of our fraternity: Brotherly love, relief, and truth.