Back in the year 1860, on the 17th day of the month of October, the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas Territory did a wonderful thing. They issued a Charter for Golden City Lodge No. 34 A.F. & A.M. On January 8, 1861 Right Worshipful Brother L. L. Bowen, Past Deputy Grand Master of Nebraska installed Isaac E. Hardy as the first Worshipful Master with Eli Carter as Senior Warden and James A. Dawson as Junior Warden.
In concert with Summit Lodge No. 7 of Parkville and Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 8 of Gold Hill, both chartered by the Grand Lodge of Nebraska Territory, Golden City Lodge No. 34 of Kansas Territory formed the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Colorado on August 2, 1861. These lodges became Golden City Lodge No. 1, Summit Lodge No. 2 and Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 3 under the Grand Jurisdiction of Colorado.
During the annual Buffalo Bill Days in Golden the Lodge and the other affiliated organizations participate with the Lodge providing facilities for a Masonic sponsored Child I.D. Program.
Dark until Sept. 17
July 27-29 - Buffalo Bill Days
Child ID tent at Parfet Park - all 3 days
Parade - Saturday, July 28 - 10:00 a.m.
Parade to include the following Masonic/Masonic sponsored groups:
Scottish American Military Society Honor Guard
Circle of Friends Irish Bagpipe and Drum Band
Golden City Masonic Lodge Canvas Banner by DeMolay
Golden City Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master Tom Zumalt in yellow Corvette convertible
-Golden City Lodge Members on foot with Masonic aprons and Lodge Polo Shirts
1st Appendant Bodies (adult groups) Banner by DeMolay
DeMolay International-Colorado Jurisdiction Executive Officer Jon Sellars in red Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible
-Colorado DeMolay Chapters boys and young men (on foot)
Knights of St. Andrews (on foot)
Knights Templar Dignitary Right Eminent Grand Commander(Colorado) Ben Williams -in red Cadillac convertible
-Mounted Sir Knight leading the KT contingent with horse Beauceant
-Knights on foot - divided by uniform (class A and cap and mantle)
-Knights Templar Cart with Percheron Horses at the rearguard.
Al Kaly Shrine Mule Train with Riders
2nd Appendant Bodies (youth groups) Banner by DeMolay
International Order of Rainbow Girls--Flags on Foot
Colorado Youth Bagpipe Band
Daraja (Little Bikes) motorized group
T-Nobles motorized miniature cars group
Monthly Mount Zion #133 Pancake Breakfast at Golden City Lodge.
8am - 11am. $7 / adult, $5 / child
Golden City Lodge met in several places during its history. It is reported that the first meeting was in a log cabin on Ford Street, and at a later date in the old Overland Hotel on Washington Ave. Later, a building was erected by W. A. H. Loveland, who owned the ground floor with the lodge owning and meeting on the second floor. After several years the lodge sold their interest in the building to Loveland but leased the hall for a meeting place. Next they met in a hall over the Linder Building and finally in the I.O.O.F hall over the Kelly Building on the West side of Washington Ave., directly across the street from the original hall in the Loveland Building. In 1950 the corner stone of the current temple building was laid at 400 10th St. and the Lodge started meeting there in 1951. More information about the Lodge's meeting places can be found in our Masonic Heritage pamphlet.