Brief History of Wasatch Lodge

In the Beginning…

The name, which in 1866 a group of Masons adopted for their Lodge, is derived from a Ute Indian word meaning “a low pass over a high mountain range.” In modern usage it is almost always spelled “Wasatch”, but in many books and on some old maps it is spelled “Wahsatch”.

The most prominent geographical application of the name is to the range of mountains which forms the eastern boundary of the Great Basin, extending from the Idaho border north of Logan to the central part of Utah, nearly half the length of the state. One of the counties of the State of Utah is also named Wasatch.

There are many other applications of the name Wasatch in commercial enterprises.

Wahsatch (in Summit County), at elevation 6850, is the name of a pass and rail station, between the Weber and Bear river drainage’s, at the head of Echo canyon, and is said to be a perfect application of the Ute Indian word.

A letter from the Grand Secretary of Montana to Brother R.H. Robertson, Worshipful Master of Wasatch Lodge, U.D., gives a clue to the reason for adoption of the name.

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