At 624 Taylor Street, San Francisco, California you’ll find this doorway. Would you believe us that the Manhattan Atomic Bomb Program was devised here? Yeah, we didn’t think so.
Beyond this doorway lies The Bohemian Club. A private all-gentlemen’s club formed in 1872. This is a club founded by and for journalists who wished to create a private circle for men who enjoyed the arts.
It all began back in The Chronicle office by Tommy Newcombe, Dan O’Connell, Harry Dam and other members of the staff. The modern Bohemian Club sees some of the world’s most powerful politicians, military commanders, federal reserve chairmen, oil tycoons and even presidents gather every mid-july to camp in Bohemian Grove, a privately owned section of land in San Francisco.
Summer – 1967 – Owls Nest Camp – Left to Right: Preston Hotchkis, Ronald Reagan, Harvey Hancock (standing), Richard Nixon, Glenn T. Seaborg, Jack Sparks, (unidentified individual), Frank Lindine, Edwin W. Pauley.
The Bohemian Club’s motto: “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here” – implying outside concerns and worries are to not to come into the circle at Bohemian Club for discussion.
So what do they actually do in The Bohemian club you ask? Well, they gather in groups and discuss important political deals and potential business plans between one another. Some big, world changing deals are made at Bohemian Club. It is a secretive meeting only open to members however if guests are allowed, they must prove themselves at a screening procedure. At times, friends and family have been allowed to come along but must strictly be off the grounds by 10pm. WTF.
Some of the world’s most powerful people have been attending these “camps” for over 40 years, at which point you gain Honorary Life status. Below is the sacred owl shrine that has been worshiped since the early 1920’s and still stands today covered in moss.
With over 2700 members active today, it makes you wonder some of the big decisions going on behind these closed doors.
“Weaving Spiders Come Not Here.”