National Register of Historic Places in Calaveras County

National Register #97001588: Copperopolis Armory 3 December 2012
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National Register #97001588
Copperopolis Armory
695 O'Byrnes Ferry Road
Built 1866

A plaque on the side of the church reads:

Copperopolis Armory

Copperopolis Armory, built by public subscription in 1866 for 8,000 dollars, was used by the Union Guard for enlisting and training troops. In 1868 it was sold to the Copperopolis Armory Hall Association for 800 dollars in gold and was used for Congregational and Methodist Church services, public meetings, balls and rallies.

The property was purchased by the Mineral Lodge, I.O.O.F. in 1874 and used as a lodge until 1903. Copperopolis Community Center purchased the armory in 1948.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places December 30, 1997
Dedicated through the efforts of Charles and Rhoda Stone
Presented By N.D.G.W., Princess Parlor No. 84

June 28, 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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