The Freemasons have been around for more than 500 years. Many of our founding fathers were members, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Hancock. There were Freemasons in the mountains of southern California as well. KPCC’s Kitty Felde says it’s another Street Story.
Kitty Felde: Fruit farmer Arthur Gregory was doing quite well for himself. He’d bought property in the San Gabriel Mountains, but Rhea-FrancesTetley says he was lonesome.
Rhea-Frances Tetley: It was his thought that he should create a small resort for his friends of the Masonic Lodge to get to vacation and relax in the mountains.
Felde: Tetley wrote “Lake Arrowhead: Images of America.” She says Gregory built the Arrowhead Valley Club and sold lots all around it for small cabins.
Tetley: And they named the streets after Masonic things such as pyramid, moon…
Felde: There’s a Cross Drive, a Jewel Drive, even a Boa Drive. The latter shows that Gregory had a sense of humor. President John Quincy Adams once described the Freemasons as a power-hungry "boa constrictor" of an organization. Unfortunately, the depression killed off the Masons’ mountain paradise. The Arrowhead Valley Club closed down 80 years ago.