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Saturday, 26 January 2013
On 26 January 1866 the Grand Lodge of Montana was founded as an independent ans sovereign Masonic Body (Grand Lodge). It was one of the two Grand Lodges gaining independence in that year, along with the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia (20 February 1866).
According to the Masonic history of that year, a dispensation to form Nevada City Lodge (U.D.) was issued by the Grand Lodge of Illinois on August 28, 1865. This Lodge was chartered under the Grand Lodge of Montana as Nevada City No. 4 on January 29, 1866. The Lodge surrendered its Charter on October 4, 1888.
Also in 1866 was issued a dispensation to operate as Morning Star (U.D.) - Morning Star Lodge No. 5, Helena 59601 - on February 24, 1866 and was chartered October 4, 1866. Gallatin Lodge #6, Bozeman 59715 was the first Lodge created by the Grand Lodge of Montana. It was issued a dispensation to operate February 17, 1866 and Chartered October 4, 1866. Another dispensation was issued on February 24, 1866 to operated Diamond City (U.D.) - Diamond City Lodge No. 7, White Sulphur Springs 59645 - at Confederate. The Lodge was chartered October 4, 1866, as Diamond City No. 7 at Diamond City. The Lodge was given permission to move to White Sulphur Springs in 1882.