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Ruins of Masonic Lodge, Ellsworth, 1933-05-08

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A postcard depicting the remains of the Masonic Lodge in Ellsworth following the Great Ellsworth Fire of 1933. The fire began on Sunday, May 7th, 1933 when it was set by Norman Moore in the Bijou Theater. The fire would ultimately destroy one hundred and thirty buildings, or most of Ellsworth's downtown. The Masonic Lodge was part of what was called the Manning block on the corner of Main and Franklin Streets, which included a number of stores and offices, along with apartments and the Masonic Lodge. The lodge was on the third, being the top, floor of this structure. After the fire, the Masons purchased the lot on Main Street for $2,500 which had previously held Hancock Hall, and constructed a new brick lodge that measured fifty by ninety feet on the site.

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