World War II cannon on courthouse square to undergo restoration

Luke Robinson, a Boy Scout with Troop 727 in Kingwood, stands alongside the old World War II cannon outside the Liberty County Courthouse. Robinson plans to clean and paint the cannon for his Eagle Scout project so that the cannon is preserved for future generations.

A piece of World War II history that has been on display on the Liberty County Courthouse Square for decades is being preserved as part of an Eagle Scout project.

Luke Robinson, a Boy Scout from Troop 727 in Kingwood, plans to power-wash, sand and paint the old cannon and its railing. He shared details of the project on Tuesday with Liberty County Commissioners Court and already has received the blessing of the Liberty County Historical Commission.

With a team of volunteers from his Boy Scout troop, Robinson plans to use coarse sandpaper, putty knives and wire brushes to remove the old paint and rust from the cannon and the railing. Once the paint is removed, both will be cleaned thoroughly before painting the cannon the same blue-gray color as it is currently.

Robinson told commissioners that he travels to Liberty often as he has family living in the area.

“I am really excited to be cleaning the cannon. I love history, especially World War II history, and this cannon is part of history,” he said. “My project will benefit the people of Liberty because this piece of history will be restored.”

Weather permitting, Robinson and his volunteer team will begin the power-washing of the cannon on Thursday, June 30. They expect to have it ready for sanding and scraping by Friday, July 1, and then start painting it on Saturday, July 2.

County Judge Jay Knight expressed his support for the project to commissioners. According to Knight, a World War I cannon was located on the courthouse square previously but it was scrapped during World War II and the metal was used for war efforts.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. If you go on and type in the cannon information it will show you articles about how folks in Liberty wanted to scrap it in the 40’s.

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