National Register of Historic Places in Calaveras County
A plaque on the side of the church reads:
The church was purchased from J. M. Pike at a cost of 12,000 dollars and dedicated on June 23rd 1866 by the Rev. Mr. Beckwith of San Francisco. The first minister was the Rev. M. A. Starr; however, the church experienced a decline in membership due to the shutting down of the mines, and it was leased to the Presbyterian Church for several years. It was again used by the Congregational Church from 1874 - 1895. In 1903, the Mineral Lodge I.O.O.F. puechased the building and re-fitted the interior as a lodge hall. In 1939, the lodge donated the building to the community, resulting in the formation of the Copperopolis Community Center.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places December 30, 1997
Dedicated through the efforts of Charles and Rhoda Stone
Presented by Calaveras County Historical Society - June 13, 1998
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) is an altruistic fraternal organization derived from the similar English Oddfellows service organizations which came into being during the 1700s....Although in Britain the Odd Fellows tended to meet in pubs, in the U.S. the lodges often built their own facilities. Many of these are now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places....
From Wikipedia entry for Independent Order of Odd Fellows
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