Grand Lodge - Knights of Pythias
"Golden Domain" of California

About Us

The Order of Knights of Pythias
The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, established in 1864
in Washington, DC, by Justus H. Rathbone and was the first fraternal order to be chartered by an
Act of Congress. It's aim was to heal the wounds between the North and South and promote friendship
among men and relieve suffering.

The Pythian Grand Lodge
"Golden Domain"
The Pythian Grand Lodge for the Domain of California was organized at a preliminary meeting held at
Congress Hall on Bush Street in San Francisco on September 5, 1869 followed by the formal institution
of the Grand Domain on September 28, 1869 when there were eight Lodges. It was just the fourteenth
Domain (i.e., State) to be instituted by the Supreme Lodge of the United States. By the first of January 1870,
there were fifteen lodges in the State with a membership of 1,211.

One of the moving forces behind the organization of the Grand Lodge and subordinate lodges in the State was William L. La Rose, who was initiated in California Lodge No. 1 in 1869

For more information go to - California History

Pythian Links
The Order of Knights of Pythias - (National & International)

Order of Pythian Sisters - "Creating a better world" Since 1888."

Grand Lodge of California (List and links to all CA Lodges)

Pythian Sisters CA - Grand Temple of California

California Pythian - Published for the Knights of Pythias of California - "Preserving our rich and colorful history." - California History

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