Grand Lodge of Idaho

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Grand Lodge of Idaho A.F. & A.M.

The Grand Lodge of Idaho (full formal name Grand Lodge of Idaho, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons) is one of several bodies that govern Freemasonry in the U.S. state of Idaho as recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England.[1] It was established in 1867 by five Masonic Lodges operating in Idaho Territory.

Membership in Freemasonry nationwide peaked during the period from 1900 to 1950. In Idaho "membership in Masons statewide has declined from 11,000 in 1982 to 4,388 members" in 2010, and "the number of lodges has declined to 56."[2]

The Grand Lodge of Idaho is headquartered in Boise.


Hailey Masonic Lodge

The first organized Masonic activity in present-day Idaho dates to 1862, when a group of Freemasons organized an informal Masonic club in Florence in what was then Washington Territory. That same year, a dispensation was granted by the Grand Lodge of Washington to form a new Masonic Lodge in Lewiston. This Lodge was chartered in 1864 but disbanded a year later after a decline in gold mining activities in the area.[citation needed]

In July 1863 the Grand Lodge of Oregon granted a dispensation to a Masonic group in Bannock City, now Idaho City. This Lodge was chartered as Idaho Lodge No. 35 in 1864. The Grand Lodge of Washington, which considered all of Idaho Territory to be within its jurisdiction, charged the Grand Lodge of Oregon with illegally chartering the lodge. This controversy continued for some time and spread throughout the Masonic community in the United States. Even so, over the next couple years Masonic Lodges in northern Idaho Territory were granted charters in Washington while southern Idaho Territory Lodges continued to receive charters from Oregon.[citation needed]

By 1867 the need for a local Grand Lodge was recognized by the active Masonic Lodges in southern Idaho Territory. These Masonic Lodges, Idaho Lodge of Idaho City, Boise Lodge of Boise, Placer Lodge of Placerville, Pioneer Lodge of Pioneerville, and Owyhee Lodge of Silver City, met in December 1867 to form the Grand Lodge of Idaho. This meeting is considered to be the founding of the Grand Lodge of Idaho. The new Grand Lodge issued charters to these five Lodges in June 1868 which superseded their original charters from Oregon.[citation needed]

Idaho Lodge, which spearheaded the drive to create a Grand Lodge in Idaho Territory, was given the distinction of being recognized as its first chartered Lodge. Today Idaho Lodge No. 1 is headquartered in Boise.[citation needed]

A Masonic Lodge in Grangeville was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Idaho in December 1873, becoming the first northern Idaho Lodge under the Grand Lodge of Idaho's jurisdiction.[citation needed]

Freemasonry spread quickly in Idaho. By the time Idaho attained statehood in July 1890 there were 21 active regular Masonic Lodges in the new state. In 1910 there were nearly 60.[3] Since its founding the Grand Lodge of Idaho has chartered 97 regular Masonic Lodges. However, in the post-World War II era, the number of Masonic lodges has declined. As of 2006, there were only 64 actives lodges in Idaho, and by 2020, the number had further decreased to 47.

The Idaho Lodge of Research, a special Masonic Lodge dedicated to Masonic scholarship, was chartered in 1965.[4]


As in most Masonic jurisdictions, membership in a Masonic Lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Idaho is open to any male over 18 years of age who believes in a Supreme Being. In addition, Idaho Lodges require a candidate to be an Idaho resident for at least six months and apply for membership in his local Lodge. However, once he becomes a member of his local Lodge he may become a "plural affiliate" (i.e. a member of another Lodge simultaneously) elsewhere.

Prince Hall Freemasonry in Idaho[edit]

In the early 1990s the Grand Lodge of Idaho formally recognized Prince Hall Freemasonry. However, as of 2006 there is no separate Prince Hall Masonic jurisdiction in Idaho. Prince Hall Freemasonry in the state is currently administered by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Oregon.

Current Lodges under the Grand Lodge of Idaho[edit]

Lodge Chartered Location
Idaho No. 1 June 23, 1868 Boise (originally Idaho City)
Boise No. 2 June 23, 1868 Boise
Placer No. 3 June 23, 1868 Horseshoe Bend (originally Placerville)
Mount Idaho No. 9 December 1873 Grangeville
Nez Perce No. 10 December 1874 Lewiston
Lemhi No. 11 December 1874 Salmon
Silver City No. 13 December 1874 Homedale (originally Silver City)
Hailey No. 16 September 1885 Hailey
Paradise No. 17 September 1885 Moscow
Portneuf No. 18 September 1886 Pocatello
Eagle Rock No. 19 September 1886 Idaho Falls
Coeur d'Alene No. 20 September 1886 Murray
Richfield No. 21 September 1887 Richfield
Weiser No. 23 September 1888 Weiser
Kootenai No. 24 September 1891 Coeur d'Alene
Shoshone No. 25 September 1891 Wallace
Washoe No. 28 September 1892 Payette
Ashlar No. 29[n1] September 1892 Nampa
Elmore No. 30 September 1892 Mountain Home
Salubria No. 31 September 1893 Cambridge
Unity No. 32 September 1893 Genesee
Grove City No. 33 September 1896 Blackfoot
Wardner No. 34 September 1896 Kellogg
Butte No. 37 September 1902 Emmett
Mount Moriah No. 39 September 1902 Caldwell
Rathdrum No. 41 September 1904 Rathdrum
Lakeside No. 42 September 1904 Sandpoint
Bonners Ferry No. 43 September 1904 Bonners Ferry
Twin Falls No. 45 September 1906 Twin Falls
Meridian No. 47 September 1906 Meridian
Arco No. 48 September 1906 Arco
Malad No. 51 September 1908 Malad City
St. Johns No. 52 September 1909 [[Shelley, Idaho|Shelley]Merged in to Eagle Rock 19]
Buhl No. 53 September 1910 Buhl
Wendell No. 54 September 1910 Wendell
Kamiah No. 56 September 1910 Kamiah
Spirit Lake No. 57 September 1910 Spirit Lake
American Falls No. 58 September 1910 American Falls
Lincoln No. 59 September 1910 Gooding
Oriental No. 60 September 1910 Boise
Jerome No. 61 September 1910 Jerome
Prairie No. 62[n3] September 1911 Craigmont (originally Gifford)
St. Maries No. 63 September 1911 St. Maries
Mount McCaleb No. 64 September 1911 Mackay
Potlatch No. 66 September 1911 Potlatch
Burley No. 68 September 1912 Burley
Paul No. 77 September 1920 Paul
Hagerman No. 78 September 1921 Hagerman
Fidelity No. 80 September 1921 Glenns Ferry
Keystone No. 81 September 1921 Pocatello
Ionic No. 82 September 1922 Cascade
Caribou No. 84 September 1922 Soda Springs
Kooskia No. 87 September 1924 Kooskia
Challis No. 92 September 1949 Challis
Capital City No. 93 September 1950 Boise
Mount Kinport No. 95 September 1952 Pocatello
Kaniksu No. 97[n4] September 1995 Priest River
Lodge of Research No. 1965[n5] September 1965 Boise
^[n1] Known as Nampa No. 29 until 1988.
^[n3] Known as Acacia No. 62 until 1943.
^[n4] Previously existed as Kaniksu No. 85, 1922-1987.
^[n5] Lodge of Research No. 1965 is a special Lodge dedicated to Masonic scholarship.


  1. ^ The others being the Prince Hall Grand Lodges of Oregon and Nevada - page on Prince Hall Grand Lodges
  2. ^ Karen Bossick (November 6, 2010). "To do good: Masonic lodge sees upswing in membership". Magic Valley Times-News. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-10-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Masonic History in Idaho". Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2006-06-30.

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