From email@example.com Thu Aug 25 05:58:14 1994
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 94 05:39 EDT
From: James Daugherty
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
From: email@example.com (Peter Trei)
In article <1993Nov9.firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (Andrew Bulhak) writes:
>James Lawry (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
>: The symbol on the US $1 bill of an eye at the apex of a pyramid
>: is a masonic symbol. I believe George Washington was a Freemason,
>: as were a number of America's founding fathers. (Confirm, anyone?)
Hmm... The eye is a Masonic symbol, but putting it on a pyramid is
not. It's really questionable if there is Masonic content in the seal
at all. I have a FAQ file on the subject if anyone is interested.
Washington, Franklin, and a surprising number of the Founding
Fathers were Masons.
>The street plan of Washington DC also apparently has some Masonic
>symbols coded into it. Anyone know anything about this?
>From an old post...
:In <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org writes
:> The Capitol is the joint where the two compass arms are joined; it has
:> a circular drive around it which reinforces this effect. Now, the
:> right leg of the compass is Maryland Avenue, which goes from the
:> Capitol in a west-south-west direction and is shown on this map as
:> terminating a mile or so away. The left leg is Pennsylvania Avenue,
:> which goes WNW till it runs into the WHite HOuse (tho it looks like it
:> continues on the other side, that's as far as it's highlighted in the
:> book, wihch makes that leg equal to the other one).
:> The square is formed by Canal Street and Louisiana Avenue,
:> which run from a common point on the Mall, several blocks west of the
:> Capitol, to just east of it. The Washington Monument is halfway
:> between the ends of the compass legs
: Yet another beautiful theory about to die at the hands of a cold,
: If you look at a modern map of DC, you can see this, but it's
:really questionable. For one thing, the join of Canal and Louisiana is
:not a right angle (as required for a square), but a smooth arc of a
:couple hundred yards radius.
: However, if you look the ORIGINAL street plan, the square simply
:isn't there. Canal street is (suprise!) a canal, and Louisiana Avenue
:doesn't exist on my 1792 map. It was cut through the existing street
:grid to provide views of Union Station at a later date.
: Pierre L'Enfant (who designed) DC, was probably not a Mason (I've
:checked several sources).
>ObUL: George Washington smoked dope.
Washington certainly *grew* hemp on his farm: it was a common
crop of the period, used to make rope. There is no evidence that he