- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A cannon that stood for more than a century outside the former LaBelle Nail Plant has found a new home at West Virginia Independence Hall.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register (https://bit.ly/1I2M3no ) reports that auctioneer Jim Frio and his employees found the cannon in the former plant’s courtyard while preparing for a Sept. 10 online auction of the property’s equipment and other items. Frio asked the property’s new owners if the cannon could be donated to Independence Hall.

Paperwork for the donation was completed Friday.

The 1,000-pound cannon, known as “Old Garibaldi”, was forged at the plant in 1861. Workers fired the cannon to signify the endings of the Spanish-American War, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War.

The plant closed in 2010.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, https://www.theintelligencer.net

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