Corinthian Lodge #35, A.F.&A.M.
619 Harrison Avenue
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Corinthian Lodge #35, A.F.&A.M., is the highest Lodge in the United States, located at 10,152 feet above MSL in Leadville, Colorado. Its home was built in 1910, being in continuous use since that time.
At least two Masonic Lodges were chartered in Leadville during early Colorado statehood, Ionic Lodge #35, A.F.&A.M., and Leadville Lodge #51, A.F.&A.M. From 1910 until 1933, these Lodges shared 619 Harrison Avenue, along with the Leadville York Bodies and Colorado Chapter No. 2, OES. In 1933, the two Lodges merged, becoming Leadville Lodge #35, A.F.&A.M.
Corinthian Lodge #35, A.F.&A.M., “officially” became the highest Lodge in the United States in 1966, when Leadville Lodge #51 and Corinthian Lodge #42, A.F.&A.M. merged. Corinthian Lodge #42 was chartered in Kokomo, Colorado, at about 10,642 feet above MSL, in 1882. The merger occurred when Climax Molybdenum Company needed the valley for disposal of mine and mill tailings. Most of the Corinthian Lodge furniture and furnishings was moved to Leadville before its building was torn down.
In 1991, Eagle Lodge #43, A.F.&A.M., merged with Corinthian Lodge #35, but the new Lodge remained Corinthian Lodge #35, A.F.&A.M. Eagle Lodge #43 was chartered in Redcliff, Colorado, also in 1882. Its charter was later moved to Minturn. Likewise, most of the furniture and furnishings from its building was moved to Leadville.
Presently, there are three Masonic Halls in 619 Harrison Avenue. The Main Lodge Room is the original Hall used from 1910 onward. Corinthian Lodge #35 meets often in both the Kokomo Museum Lodge Room and the Eagle Museum Lodge Room. The Leadville York Rite Bodies and Colorado Chapter No. 2, OES, still meet in the building as well. Visitors are always welcome.