Thursday, March 8, 2012

Marion's Masonic Lodge

Today's Masonic building on the corner of South Main and East Depot Streets is the fifth building erected on the corner lot. 

The first building, a two story frame, burned in 1869.  It was immediately replaced by a two-story brick, which was again destroyed by fire in October 1895.

In the winter of 1895-96, the lodge members had the first of three, three-story brick buildings, constructed.  This 3rd building was a victim of the March 28, 1905 fire that wiped out all of Marion down town business district.

This is a picture of the 3rd three-story brick building that got burnt in the 1905 fire.  A grand old building for the day in the small town of Marion.  I know they were proud of it.

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