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At the turn of the century: Lynden Pioneer Museum offers a historic look at the small Washington tow

By Mike Brodwater for The Spokesman-Review

You have to love driving randomly through a town and several windmills are spotted. Some of the store fronts have a Dutch look about them. Near the east end of Front Street and the business district is a museum. You would enjoy a great unplanned visit to the Lynden Pioneer Museum.

Lynden is a small town, population 13,952 in 2016. It is in northwest Washington and a few miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. Lunch at the Dutch Mothers Restaurant serves authentic Dutch food such as pannekoek (pancakes), Dutch split pea soup and Dutch apple pie.

The town’s claim to fame includes one of the rare times in the world where the entrance to town is between two cemeteries. Lynden at one time held the world record for the most churches per mile and capita.