Friday, August 8, 2008

Minnesota Masonic Home host of Bloomington 150th Celebration

Minnesota Masonic Home Care Center will be serving as one of the site for Bloomington's sesquicentennial celebration. The Minnesota Masonic Home was once the summer estate for M.W. Savage, owner of the famous racehorse Dan Patch. Dan Patch was the fastest racehorse of his day, having never lost a race. He also broke the two minute mark 35 times, more than any other horse. He was the Black Beauty of his day. There is still a Dan Patch Historical Society continuing the memory of the famous horse. Even at the Minnesota State Fair, there is a street named Dan Patch Avenue. (In fact, the best cheese curds can be found on Dan Patch). Savage also hosts the annual Dan Patch Days including a parade. (Youtube has a great video of the Shriners at the parade.)

In 1917, the Minnesota Masons bought the 250 acre estate from Savage. Today, the Minnesota Masons continue to run the Masonic Home for the Elderly regardless of Masonic affiliation.

The Masonic Home will serve as host for these festivities. The celebration will run from 1-4 pm and is open to the public. Also , don't miss the Masonic Historical Society and Museum. For more information, click here.

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