Pythian Castle, Bisbee
The Knights of Pythias was one of a number of fraternal organizations founded in 19th Century America. (Others were the Grange, the Knights of Columbus, Order of Hibernians, and the Order of Elks. The Freemasons and Odd Fellows, two of the best-known groups, were founded in England in the 18th Century.) The Pythians were founded in Washington D.C. in 1864 by Justice H. Rathbone and five clerks. By 1900, there were almost 1 million members.