Real history says Senator Thomas Hart Benton was a Mason and sent Fremont to blaze a trail to Oregon in order to capture that State, along with California. Surely modern secret Templars were in on this land grab.
There is talk of a Masonic grid in the form of pyramid whose capstone is at Black Point where John and Jessie had a home. This is BS from some outsider who takes, takes, takes from the true source! If you point out you are kin to Masons and Templars, then you are crazy, because you put a claim on the free Califoenia gold mine, put an iron grid over the entrance with this not so secret sign:
America’s got a lot of living to do, and a lot of history to make, folks. We are working with a limited pallett, thus, we might have to go back over some of this stuff – several times!
Masonry in California
Masonry has been an integral part of California for more than 150 years. During the Gold Rush of 1849, thousands of settlers came to California in search of fortune. Many of these men were Masons and brought with them Masonic values and traditions. Not surprisingly, some of California’s first Masonic lodges were established in the mining towns of the Gold Country. In 1850 – the same year that California became a state – the Grand Lodge of California was established in Sacramento.
Within 10 years, the number of Masonic lodges in the new state had grown from 11 to 130, while membership soared from 258 to more than 5,000. Over the years, the Masons have played a key role in shaping the history of California. To date, 19 California governors have been Masons, and at least four California Masons have been elected to the U.S. Senate. Today there are more than 60,000 members
Masonic conspiracy theories are conspiracy theories involving Freemasonry; hundreds of such conspiracy theories have been described since the late 18th century. Generally, these theories fall into three distinct categories: political (usually involving allegations of control of government, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom), religious (usually involving allegations of anti-Christian or Satanic beliefs or practices), and cultural (usually involving popular entertainment). Many conspiracy theory writers have connected Freemasons (and the Knights Templar) with worship of the devil; these ideas are based on misinterpretations of the doctrines of those organizations.
Of the claims that Freemasonry exerts control over politics, perhaps the best-known example is the New World Order theory, but there are others. These mainly involve aspects and agencies of the United States government, but actual events outside the US (such as the Propaganda Due scandal in Italy) are often used to lend credence to claims.
Another set of theories has to do with Freemasonry and religion, particularly that Freemasonry deals with “the occult”. These theories have their beginnings in the Taxil hoax. In addition to these, there are various theories that focus on the embedding of symbols in otherwise ordinary items, such as street patterns, national seals, etc.
There are Masonic conspiracy theories dealing with every aspect of society. The majority of these theories are based on one or more of the following assumptions:
That Freemasonry is its own religion, requires belief in a unique Masonic “god”, and that belief in this Masonic “god” is contrary to the teachings of various mainstream religions (although usually noted in terms of being specifically contrary to Christian belief.)
That the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite is more than an honorary degree, coupled with the belief that most Freemasons are unaware of hidden or secretive ruling bodies within their organization that govern them, conduct occult ritual, or control various positions of governmental power.
That there is a centralized worldwide body that controls all Masonic Grand Lodges, and thus, all of Freemasonry worldwide acts in a unified manner.
That the judiciary is heavily infiltrated with Masons, who give fellow Masons “the benefit of the doubt” in court, subverting the legal system.
That Freemasonry overlaps with, or is controlled by, the Illuminati, especially in the higher degrees; Illuminati Freemasons secretly control many major aspects of society and government and are working to establish the New World Order. Some conspiracy theories involving the Freemasons and the Illuminati also include the Knights Templar and Jews as part of the supposed plan for universal control of society. This type of conspiracy theory was described as early as 1792 by multiple authors, beginning in France and Scotland.
That Freemasons have secretly plotted to create a society based on the revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality, fraternity, separation of church and state and (in Nazi Germany) a Jewish plot for religious tolerance.
That Freemasons were involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
That Freemasonry is a Jewish front for world domination, or is at least controlled by Jews for this goal. An example of this is the notorious (and fraudulent) The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Hitler outlawed Freemasonry partially for this reason. The covenant of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas claims that Freemasonry is a “secret society” founded as part of a Zionist plot to control the world.
Freemasons are behind income taxes in the US. One convicted tax protester has charged that law enforcement officials who surrounded his property in a standoff over his refusal to surrender after his conviction were part of a “Zionist, Illuminati, Free Mason movement,”. The New Hampshire Union Leader also reported that “the Browns believe the IRS and the federal income tax are part of a deliberate plot perpetrated by Freemasons to control the American people and eventually the world.”
That Freemasons hold meetings with influential politicians and businessmen at Bohemian Grove and that a statue of an owl (allegedly a masonic symbol) is worshiped at these meetings.
Despite Freemasonry’s general disclaimer that no one Masonic organization claims a direct heritage to the medieval Knights Templar, certain degrees and orders are obviously patterned after the medieval Order. These are best described as “commemorative orders” or degrees. Nevertheless, in spite of the fraternity’s official disclaimers, some Masons, non-Masons and even anti-Masons insist that certain Masonic rites or degrees originally had direct Templar influence.
American Masonic youth organizations such as the Order of DeMolay for young men are named after the last Grand Master Templar Jacques de Molay who was executed in the final suppression of the Templar order in the early 14th century.
The Knight of Rose-Croix Degree in the “Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite”, and honorary Orders like the Royal Order of Scotland are interpreted as evidence of a historical Templar-Masonic connection, though there is no factual basis for this belief.
Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh has been suggested to be strong link between the Knights Templar and Freemasons due to reliefs combining Templar and Freemason symbolism. Rosslyn Chapel was indeed founded by William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness.
Legends in certain degrees pertain to the involvement of Knights Under the command of Sir John De Bermingham, First and Last Earl of Louth aiding the excommunicated 14th Century Scottish King Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn; however this is based on 18th century romance and is not supported by any evidence. This story is the basis for the degrees in the Royal Order of Scotland an invitational Masonic honorary organization.
Templar connections have also been suggested through the Earls of Rosslyn (St. Clair, or Sinclair) a family with well documented connections with Scottish Freemasonry, one being a Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
Many other old and new organizations are called “Knights Templar”. However, organizations like the Order of the Solar Temple, Militi Templi Scotia,or the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem are in no way related to Masonic Knights Templar, and share no relationship in either history, hierarchy, nor ritual.
The Second Diagonal- Montgomery Avenue- A Path to Fort Mason
After the Civil War Halleck returned to San Francisco and took up residence at the army headquarters located at Black Point Ridge. Originally the residence of eccentric California pioneer and Freemason John C. Fremont, Black Point Ridge was the site of a building owned by Fremont, known as Porter’s Lodge. Under Halleck the entire site was rebuilt and a road was added to the San Francisco grid that stretched directly from Black Point Ridge to the Montgomery Block. This was Montgomery Avenue (later renamed Columbus) and although the exact date of when this diagonal road was added to the city is uncertain, it seems to have been added under Halleck’s last reign in the late 1860’s, when he was again working with the architect GP Cummings . On the surviving maps of 19th Century San Francisco, Montgomery Avenue is visible on the 1873 map, but does not appear on earlier versions.
It was generally believed at the time that Halleck had originally commissioned Montgomery Avenue to make it easier for him to travel from downtown San Francisco to the army headquarters at Black Point Ridge. While this seems plausible the significance of this new addition and the formation to which San Francisco’s downtown streets now took had decidedly Masonic overtones.
The Masons of California Unite
In 1868, during the precise time that Montgomery Avenue was being added, the Mosaic Lodge #38 was chartered in San Francisco under the direction of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, perhaps under Jasper O’Farrell’s guidance. Two other San Francisco lodges had also been chartered by this time, the Olive Branch Lodge #5 and the Wethington Lodge #8. Both of these lodges were chartered from New York, the home state of Halleck and fellow military man and Freemason, Jonathan Drake Stevenson, who’d arrived in San Francisco in 1847 and later quit the army to pursue mining. All of the existing Masonic lodges in San Francisco were formally united in a ceremony on June 24, 1871 when the Conventional of Independent Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons was created. The Grand Master of this ceremony was one Peter Anderson, a Pennsylvania Freemason and editor of the Pacific Appeal newspaper.
Bliss’ Masonic Temple stood at 25 Van Ness, at the intersection with Market …. opposite Black Point Ridge and Fort Mason…holding down one corner of the Great Pyramid of San Francisco. Van Ness also stands 13 city blocks from the “capstone” street of Montgomery. The pyramid of the Great Seal likewise has 13 levels of stones from base to capstone. A Freemason such as Bliss would have undoubtedly understood the symbolism.