I had an e-mail sent to me with someone asking about open Masonic emblems in the "profane" world and I found myself scratching my head trying to think up some.
Now a lot of conspiracy buffs (nuts?) like to point to Washington D.C. as being rife with square and compasses, pentagrams, and owls (from the "Bohemian Grove" influences) or even to mirror ancient start alignments. But seriously, I was hard pressed to find ANYTHING that stood out as a Freemasonry influenced design.
What I did find was a surprise, but not as glamorous as many would like to believe. I found the city of Sandusky, Ohio, where the original grid planner, a Master Mason named Hector Kilbourne, built the biggest symbol of freemasonry right into the cities layout. Kilbourne also happened to be the first Worshipful Master of the Sandusky Masonic Lodge. I’m sure at the time of the founding, there was a prominence of Freemasonry in the city that was alive and well, but in the 176 years since the once majestic emblem of Freemasonry, built into the infrastructure, has all but been erased by the growth of the city. There does still exist a Masonic Lodge in Sandusky, which is Science Lodge #50.
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