Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sandusky, Ohio, a Freemason city


Above is the original plat for the city of Sandusky, Ohio, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. A Freemason named Hector Kilbourne laid out the city streets to reproduce the mason's compass and square design. Masons in Sandusky, where I work for the local newspaper, say Sandusky is the only city in the U.S. with a masonic street design. (More information from Mr. Kilbourne's lodge, which still exists.)



I had to work on Independence Day, covering events in Sandusky. That included the masons from Sandusky's Science Lodge 50 holding a ceremony to dedicate two cornerstones that will mark the 200th anniversary of the city, and their lodge. Ohio Grand Master mason, Rick Schau, a 33rd degree mason from Springfield, is the guy in the top hat.  I snapped a picture.

I talked with the masons after the ceremony, and along with my other questions, I pointed out that Sandusky had early German settlers. I asked if there's any indication that members of the Bavarian Illuminati had settled here. They said they didn't know anything about that.

2 comments:

Eric Wagner said...

Very interesting. It reminds me of the analysis of London geography in Alan Moore's From Hell. Speaking of your neck of the woods, I wonder if more people in Cleveland have signed up for HBO with the Browns scheduled to appear on Hard Knocks. I can't wait.

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

I'm sure there will be a lot of interest, but I won't be tuning in. I've given up football (reluctantly) because of the link between the sport and brain trauma.