Travels around southern Arizona finds include an abandoned freemason temple in Cooldige

Yesterday our magickal trio headed out adventuring around some of the off the beaten path areas of Southern Arizona.  Travels provided us with sights including an abandoned freemason temple in Cooldige, a strange graveyard just outside of Florence, and a very bumpy road out into the Box Canyon.

I would guess that not many people go to Coolidge, AZ.  Those that do are likely to be there to visit the Casa Grande Ruins which are the remains of an ancient mysterious structure built by inhabitants of this area thousands of years ago.  We will be visiting and writing about the site in the near future.  That site is on the outer edge of town which results in most outsiders remaining outside of Coolidge.  Its a strange place apparently half empty and forgotten since who knows when but full of interesting treasures.  My personal favorite was the abandoned Masonic Temple.

Abandoned Freemason Temple in Coolidge AZFreemason Logde Sign Coolidge AZMasonic Temple sign on abandoned Freemason TempleAbandoned Freemason Lodge

The front door has the Compass and Square painted on.  The elements are working their magic on this place now.

Freemason compass and square painted on temple door

It turns out that Coolidge has some haunted buildings as well…

Sppoky ghost in Cooldige AZ window

Heading out of Coolidge to Florence, we took a back road and happened upon an old graveyard.  When we stopped to check it out, we discovered the tombstones of Freemasons (surprise, surprise!).  Most of he headstones were from the early 1900’s.

Headstone of Freemason outside of Florence AZ

Freemason grave yard headstone

No southwestern photo exploration is complete without some buzzard reminding us of the harsh environment surrounding us waiting to consume our flesh…

Desert buzzard near Florence AZ

We ended our day with a drive down a very bumpy dirt road towards the Box Canyon which lies about 30 minutes east of Florence.  This is not a road for low clearance vehicles but our mighty steed (a 1997 Nissan pickup) handled the road like a champ.

Road to the box canyon

The Saguaro cactus is unique to the Sonoran Desert.  This one resembles a mother cradling two babies in her lower arm.  Did you know it takes 75 years before a saguaro grows its first arm?

Mother saguaro cactus holding babies

There are a lot of farms along the way to the Box Canyon…

Along the road to the box canyon

Thank you for accompanying me on this brief exploration.  If there is any place in Arizona you may be curious about, let me know and we will see if we can check it out 🙂