The second largest city in Whatcom County, Lynden is only about five miles south of the Canadian border. Lynden was established in 1874 near the Nooksack Indian Village known as Squahalish. The town was named after a poem by Thomas Campbell, and was officially incorporated in March of 1891. Lynden is famous for its number of churches and cemeteries per square mile. At one point in history, Lynden held the record for most churches per square mile in the entire world.
Lynden is located within a broad valley along the Nooksack River. The town is known for its dairy, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry farms. Though the Dutch did not found Lynden, the town is largely associated with the people because of the significant Dutch immigration in the early 1900s. Lynden pays homage to the people with Dutch-themed buildings, windmills, bakeries, and restaurants. Some of the local grocery stores in town even have Dutch food sections.
Lynden hosts an annual raspberry festival each summer. The festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and features a basketball tournament, a car show, a fun run, and an ice-cream social. Lynden also hosts the Farmer’s Day Parade, the Sinterklaas Christmas Parade, and an Antique Tractor Show. Each August, the Northwest Washington Fair is held in Lynden, attracting about 20,000 people to the town. The event is the only fair that takes place in all of Whatcom County. Expect a demolition derby, musical performances from big names, and community theater performed by local talent. The Northwest Washington Fair also features a carnival, local crafts for sale, and lots of animals!
The population of Lynden is about 11,951 people split into 4,594 households and 3,248 families.
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