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California - Pythian Cave

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One of the most interesting meeting places for a Pythian Lodge in California
was the first home of Yreka Lodge No. 168, K of P, which met or at least held certain ranks in what was known as Pythian Cave from c.1925 until c.1945
when a Castle Hall was built in the town of Yreka.

The cave may have been used thereafter by the Pythians until the cave and
its 40-acre surrounding area was passed to the Yreka Odd Fellows Lodge No. 19, IOOF in 1962 for $10.00 with the Pythians retaining a right to use the cave at
least once a year. [The Pythian Cave was used by Yreka Lodge No. 19, I.O.O.F.
for the Odd Fellow Second Degree for the first time in 1940 and annually thereafter with only two interruptions of three years each: from 1943 through 1945, because of World War II, and 1991 through 1993, because of needed improvements in
access to the cave site and to the cave platform.

The Cave Degree was resumed in July of 1994 after improvements were made
to the access and platform inside. The Cave is also used by the Masonic Order
for degrees every other year: The Masons contributed to the refurbishing of the cave by building a second set of bleachers in 1995.]

This was a place my grandpa use to take me when I was younger.... there is a gate in the road and Private property signs everywhere.... My grandfather was in charge of the renovation of the cave and the property for
the Yreka Odd Fellows Lodge No. 19... he said it was alright to put a geocache up here.... and granted
permission for use to hike up to the cave from the gate... on the road up to the cave it is dirt and rocky
PLEASE DRIVE SLOW for the neighbors. It is also marked CAVE on signs you can just fallow the signs.

Wess Dunkin...Grandson of Jack Dunkin (Cave Committee)

The Pythian Cave (Newsletter)

1948: Nov. 1947 to April 1948 - May-June
1947: Jan - Feb. through Sept. (not availble) - Oct - Nov to April 1948
1946: Jan. - Feb. - Mar - Apr. - May - June through November (not availble) - Dec
1945: Jan-Feb (First Issue) - Mar. - Apr. - May - June - July - Aug. - Sept.(NA) - Oct. - Nov. - Dec.

Photo copies are availible for a small fee & shipping cost
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First Annual Ball - July 30, 1891

Jack Dunkin - Yreka Lodge No. 19, I.O.O.F.
Ross Singleton - Yreka Lodge No. 19, I.O.O.F.
Susan Dickison - Yreka Chamber of Commerce
Judy Powell - Historical Society

Message from the California Grand Lodge Historian & Webmaster
July 10, 2012

In the basement of a Pythian lodge used for storing items and records of past lodges I was trying to recover
what I could from forgotten water damaged boxes that had been crushed over the years by the weight of
boxes above them when I found a letter in one of them containing, bulletins and photos of the "Pythian Cave".
I saved as much as I could but unfortunately 60% of the contents were beyond saving.

As the California Grand Lodge Historian I recognized the importance of the cave in our history and followed
my quest to know more. And did I ever!

If you have any more information about the Pythian Cave please contact me.

Pete Beatty
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