[Trip to the American West and the Canadian Rockies by the Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, Knights Templar, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ].
Travel narrative, itinerary, souvenir book, and related ephemera of the “San Francisco Club” tour
Six items, some unique and unrecorded. In August and September 1904, members of Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, Knights Templar, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania formed a “San Francisco Club” and traveled via railroad to the American West for their “Triennial Conclave.” The Knights Templar are a fraternal order associated with Freemasonry.
1. A detailed, 59-page illustrated retrospective narrative of their Western tour (published soon after returning) entitled San Francisco Club Tour, Eighty-Six Hundred Miles in the United States and Canada… . The travel narrative booklet is quite detailed and is illustrated with modest in-text half tones from photographs showing Native Americans, railroad scenes, and a prairie sod house. Unlisted in OCLC.
2. The tour’s Itinerary, , 8-pages with a fold-out map showing their travel route. The map shows the route in red, beginning in Harrisburg and traveling through the upper Midwest, into Canada, through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver, British Columbia, and thence south along the Pacific coast to California where they visited San Francisco and Los Angeles. The return trip passed through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and then home. Unlisted in OCLC.
3. A rare broadside printed in St. Louis for the Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, Knights Templar as a “Testimonial” thanking the members of the committee of arrangements for the tour. Unlisted in OCLC.
4. & 5. Two Pennsylvania Railroad ticket booklets used by a husband and wife throughout the tour.
6. The later 427-page book describing in detail this trip to California and the Canadian Rockies: The Pilgrimage of The San Francisco Club under the Auspices of Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, K.T. to the Shrine of the Triennial Conclave… (1906). The book contains no illustrations from the trip, unlike item 1. above. Laid in is a souvenir porcupine quill from Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. The quill is in a “San Francisco Club” envelope.
Description: [Trip to the American West and the Canadian Rockies by the Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, Knights Templar, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ].
[Lewistown and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; St. Louis, Missouri. 1904]. 59pp. and 8pp. Two Booklets. 7½ x 5 inches (printed wrappers; stapled; staining to front wrap) and 7 x 4¼ inches (printed wrappers; cord tied), respectively. The latter booklet has a fold-out map of the United States with a travel route outlined in red. Some soiling to covers; otherwise very good. [with:] One broadside (in duplicate), 17 x 12 inches; small tears in left margins, one toned. [and:] Two railroad ticket books, approx. 3 x 7 inches, with manuscript annotations; very good. [and:] The book The Pilgrimage of The San Francisco Club under the Auspices of Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, K.T. to the Shrine of the Triennial Conclave…, Harrisburg: Press of The Star-Independent, 1906. [i]–xii, 13–427pp. Red cloth, beveled edges, gilt titling on upper cover. Damage to two leaves (pp139–140; 379–380), else very good.