HISTORY OF THE 1898 WATERVLIET HOWITZER
According to a a newspaper article in the Lynden Tribune on April 27, 1922, Lynden Post No. 99
of the American Legion secured, through the assistance of Secretary Miles Poindexter, a three
inch field gun from Fort Stevens, Oregon for placement in the Lynden City Park. This field piece,
an 1898 Watervliet howitzer, was used in World War I and weighs 2100 pounds.
The article states that "In order to help defray the expense of transportation, which must be paid
by the Legion boys, they intend to present at the Liberty theatre (in Lynden), a series of five
pictures, the first one of which will be Tuesday, May 2, and the rest following every two weeks.
Season tickets are now on sale." The first picture show starred Charlie Chaplin in "Shoulder Arms."
After residing in the City Park for many years, Lynden City Council loaned the cannon to the Lynden
Pioneer Museum where it was displayed. Due to space considerations at the museum, an inquiry
was made to the District whether or not the Lynden Cemetery might be interested in displaying the
cannon. Considering the large number of veterans interred in the Lynden Cemetery, the District
commissioners made a request to Lynden City Council to approve loaning the cannon to the District.
Approval was given and the cannon was placed on display.
On September 23, 2006, Lynden Mayor Jack Louws led a brief ceremony commemorating the cannon
and its history in the community. Veterans from Lynden V.F.W. Post #9301 raised the colors which
was followed by a gun salute by the U.S. Marine Color Guard from Whidbey Island.