A substantial, thriving distribution and market center of northern Whatcom County, it was settled in 1869. Among its industrial plants were an egg warehouse, from which carloads of eggs were shipped to New York City; a barreling plant for packing strawberries and other fruits; a creamery, operated by the Whatcom County Dairymen’s Association; and a plant for converting surplus, skim, and sour milk into stock food.
Since 1900, when the first Hollanders arrived, Lynden has been predominantly Dutch. Through the 1940s, older Hollanders spoke Dutch in their homes and still preserved old-country customs in cookery and decoration. In the town were four Dutch-language churches. The Hollanders introduced their native methods of bulb culture with remarkable success, and for years Lynden shipped carloads of bulbs to all parts of the world. In the spring acres of golden daffodils and tulips of variegated hues stretched for miles away from the highways. In recent years some of the acreage formerly devoted to bulb cultivation is being planted to crops which meet with less competition. Berries and garden truck were also important agricultural products.
Lynden’s Dutch heritage is still evident throughout the community. A 72-foot-high windmill with moving blades stands at the center of downtown. A community highlight is the annual Holland Days festival, featuring “klompen” (wooden shoe) dancers in Dutch costume and traditional cuisine during the first weekend in May. The Northwest Washington Fair is held in August, as well as many other fun year-round activities. For golfers, Lynden offers 11 nearby courses, including the Homestead Farms Golf Resort & Convention Center, which features an island green on the 18th hole. Lynden’s parks and flat terrain are also ideal for bicyclists and nearby Mt. Baker offers skiing, hiking, and camping.