The Freemasons of Carson City, Nevada
Carson Lodge # 1 is the home of Carson City F & AM (Free & Accepted Masons) Freemasons.
The Lodge meets the third Thursday
of every month at 7 PM.
The Lodge hosts meetings for Freemasons, Royal Arch Chapter, Cryptic Masons Council, Knights Templar Commandry, Eastern Star, young ladies Rainbow Girls, and many other organizations.
Freemasonry is a fraternal organization, with a membership of about 1.4 million in the United States alone. Freemasonry exists in many different countries and in a variety of forms - with over 4 million Freemasons worldwide. One of the chief guiding principles of Freemasonry is a shared moral center, and joining requires a declaration of a belief in a Supreme Being or God (based on your religion).
Freemasons do not solicit for membership to their fraternal organization. If you are interested in becoming a Freemason and joining the fraternity, you must ask a Freemason, request a petition, and submit it to the Lodge to join. (thus the saying - "To be one, ask one." or 2B1 Ask1)
We have another catch phrase - "Making good men better." So, like the Marines, we are looking for a "few good men" to make them "better men". If you believe you are one of the "few good men" and are looking for mental and spiritual growth, as well as, an opportunity to be of service to others, we encourage you to contact us and start the process of becoming a Freemason. Our moral philosophy, and what we stand for is on the "About us" page (please feel free to check it out). Our role in society and our qualifications to join are found on left hand side of the same page.
Freemasonry is organized into a series of Grand Lodges. Each of these Grand Lodges governs a particular jurisdiction (in the US, it is by State), with the jurisdiction comprised of a number of constituent lodges. Freemasonry also includes a number of other bodies (at last count - around 192), in essence - organizations that maintain their own independence (known as appendant bodies). Examples of appendant bodies include "the Shriners", Royal Arch, Knights Templar, York Rite, Scottish Rite, and others. There are also a number of youth organizations. Every day, Freemasons and their appendant bodies contribute over $3 million to charity. (See the Community Involvement tab)
When Freemasons are asked to define their organization, they are likely to define it as a fraternity with a shared morality. Freemasons often equate the structure and moral center of their organization to the tools and implements of the stonemason - as these are used as symbols in their moral teaching.
Even though freemasonry is often referred to as a secret society, in reality, this is not the case. Indeed, it is not a secret society at all, simply a fraternity - with some secrets.
While certain aspects of the organization remain a closely guarded secret, the Freemasons of the modern age have become less secret than their reputation would suggest. In fact, many of the private rituals and aspects of the Freemasons that remain secret are used primarily to allow members of different lodges to recognize one another so that impersonators or impostors cannot infiltrate their lodges and so that the lessons that are taught remain a special experience for new members.
The learning found in Freemasonry is meant to be a special experience to assist in your spiritual journey through life. Freemasonry helps the individual in his "quest for something more" in life and teaches "the lessons of life" through its symbols. Freemasonry also provides fellowship, growth opportunities, lessons in life, and a chance to do something more for your greater community. The Lodge is the foundation for the other appendant organizations that spring from the root of Freemasonry into over 190 other branches. Freemasonry is a continuation of the age old teachings of the ancient mysteries through its initiates.
Carson Lodge # 1
Carson Lodge # 1 has the distinction of being the first freemason's lodge in the State of Nevada. It's first records date back to early 1862 (Back when Nevada was still a Territory). It was chartered as a California Lodge on the 15th of May 1862 and later became the first Nevada Lodge after Nevada became a State. Even Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) visited our Lodge about that time when he was in Carson City.
The lodge location has changed since 1862 and the members now meet in the yellow building on the corner of Carson Street and Washington Street in downtown Carson City (purchased in 1953 - See picture above) This building has a rich heritage as the former train station for Carson City (the train tracks used to run up and down Washington Street right by the side of the Lodge).
For more information see the "History of Carson Lodge #1" on the "Links" page.
Our North side
This is the North side of our building where our sign is above the fake windows. Just to the left of our sign is our "front door".
The Lodge "Front Door" (on the side of the building)
This is our "front door". We have our Stated meeting at 7 PM on the third Thursday of every month. We usually get there a little early. If you are interested in learning more about our Lodge and Freemasonry, please feel free to drop by prior to the meting and ask your questions. At 6:30 PM you can just walk in, introduce yourself, and ask your questions. Be aware that the door "sticks" sometimes. If it doesn't open, please feel free to knock loudly, or try the rear entrance. If you would like a bit more time, please call the Lodge to make arrangements for a one-on-one meeting so that any questions you might have concerning the fraternity can be answered.
We would enjoy talking to you about the merits of Freemasonry and we welcome all sincerely interested visitors. As for myself, I have only one regret concerning Freemasonry - that I did not join our fraternity sooner.
If you are interested:
Please feel free to contact us to learn more about our fraternity and Freemasonry. You can:
- Walk in and talk to us - as noted on the right side of this page
- Call us at the Lodge phone number - 775-882-3931 (please leave a message if no one is there - we'll get back to you)
- Drop us an e-mail - see the Contacts page - send to -
- Read a bit more here and elsewhere and let us know by using one of the 3 above options to contact us
If you are one of "the Good Guys" that meet the qualifications on the "About Us" page, we would encourage you to become a Freemason.