The WWI Austrian Cannon is back–or not–in Washington Square Park!

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Cannon during its short reappearance before dissapearing.

• August 7, 2015

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Base of Austrian cannon monument, several days ago

A few days ago – swear on a stack of bibles – I went to Washington Square Park to take pictures of the base of a monument that, until about ten years ago, held an Austrian cannon captured by the Italian Army in 1918 and later donated to the city of Rochester in 1921. Recently, along with Chuck Baylis of the Military History Society of Rochester, I wrote a story on a German World War One cannon in need of repair sitting near the Canal Path in Pittsford.  Over the Top! Courtesy of the Military History Society of Rochester

Chuck also told me he knew more about the Austrian cannon removed from Washington Square Park. In preparation for an article, I took the photo of the base.

Then, to my shocked surprise, Chuck called to say, also to his surprise, the Austrian cannon was back! On Wednesday, the city of Rochester had put the cannon–now in very shoddy  condition–back in the Park. (See above) The coincidence was startling. So I went back for a new photo.

Then, today, Chuck called again. The cannon was once again gone! A friend sent me a picture of the removal in action. Apparently, the cannon was deemed still too unstable. And, once again, I went for yet another photo.

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Cannon being moved, August 7th

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Where’s the cannon?

More shortly on the mystery and more from Chuck on the history of the cannon and its decade long hiatus.

For an update:  More on the Austrian Cannon Monument including from Rachel Barnhart

see also therochesteriat.com/the-wsp-austrian-cannon-is-back/

Note: I am a Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History