[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Travis Lodge No. 117, A.F. & A.M.]

Description:

Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Travis Lodge No. 117, A.F. & A.M. in Sherman, Texas. Text: Founded in 1852, only six years after Sherman was designated the county seat, this Masonic Lodge is one of the oldest continuing institutions in the community. Local attorney Burrell Smith and fifteen other Masonic brothers petitioned for a dispensation to organize a Masonic lodge in Sherman on February 10, 1852. On August 28, 1852, Travis Lodge No. 117 was organized and officers were installed. Over the course of its history, the lodge has shared facilities with a Union church, other lodges, and several businesses in commercial buildings.

A major fire destroyed most of the business section of Sherman on October 30, 1875, and lodge records, furniture, and equipment were lost in the blaze. A duplicate charter was issued June 10, 1876.

The built a classical revival style temple on the northeast corner of Lamar and Walnut Streets in 1924. It remained the lodge headquarters until 1985, and was designated a recorded Historic Texas Landmark in 1988.

Through the years Travis Lodge members have been prominent community leaders and the lodge has supported various masonic charitable endeavors such as hospitals, orphanages, and retirement homes.

Creator(s): West, Carolyn Effie
Location(s): United States - Texas - Grayson County - Sherman
Creation Date: 2011-12/2012-03  
Partner(s):
Private Collection of Carolyn West
Collection(s):
Texas History Collection
Usage:
Total Uses: 120
Past 30 days: 4
Yesterday: 0
Creator (Photographer):
Date(s):
  • Creation: 2011-12/2012-03
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas - Grayson County - Sherman
Era
The Texas Frontier, 1846-1861
From 1852 to 2012
Description:

Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Travis Lodge No. 117, A.F. & A.M. in Sherman, Texas. Text: Founded in 1852, only six years after Sherman was designated the county seat, this Masonic Lodge is one of the oldest continuing institutions in the community. Local attorney Burrell Smith and fifteen other Masonic brothers petitioned for a dispensation to organize a Masonic lodge in Sherman on February 10, 1852. On August 28, 1852, Travis Lodge No. 117 was organized and officers were installed. Over the course of its history, the lodge has shared facilities with a Union church, other lodges, and several businesses in commercial buildings.

A major fire destroyed most of the business section of Sherman on October 30, 1875, and lodge records, furniture, and equipment were lost in the blaze. A duplicate charter was issued June 10, 1876.

The built a classical revival style temple on the northeast corner of Lamar and Walnut Streets in 1924. It remained the lodge headquarters until 1985, and was designated a recorded Historic Texas Landmark in 1988.

Through the years Travis Lodge members have been prominent community leaders and the lodge has supported various masonic charitable endeavors such as hospitals, orphanages, and retirement homes.

Physical Description:

1 photograph : col. ; 2560 x 1534 px.

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Keyword(s): THC | plaques | historic markers
Alternate Title: [Texas Historical Commission Marker: Travis Lodge No. 117, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons]
Partner:
Private Collection of Carolyn West
Collection:
Texas History Collection
Relation (References): [Photograph of Travis Lodge No. 117, A.F. & A.M.]
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: travislodge1
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth256941
Resource Type: Photograph
Format: Image