Monday, September 05, 2005

But Wait...There's More!

There is a "cannon" angle to this story. Those 12 pound mountain howitzers on display in Old Town Plaza started out in Robinson Park. I believe these relics of the Civil War were in Robinson Park until WWII when Franklin Roosevelt sent out a call for brass. FDR's friend Clyde Tingley donated the cannons to the government to be melted down for shell casings, etc. After the war, they were discovered in a basement somewhere over at Kirtland AFB...somebody had saved them from a meltdown and hidden them away. I am unsure what happened to them next, but in the Bicentennial year of 1976, replicas of the cannons were made. These are the ones now sitting on the Plaza. The originals are a couple of blocks away in the Albuquerque Museum.

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