American Legion Post 218

1007 East Third Street Washington, Missouri                   636-239-4363

Unit 218 members lead the way at the Ninth District Convention parade held in Washington in 1931. 

Drum and Bugle Corps with Rifle Team, circa 1923

Post 218 Brings 'The Covered Wagon' to Washington

A year after the silent movie, “The Covered Wagon,” hit the big cities, Post 218 brought it to Washington. For three evenings, September 12, 13 and 14, 1924, it was shown at Turner Hall. Touted as the “greatest picture ever shown” and the “best lesson in Americanism that the screen has produced since the great war,” it was based on a novel about the Oregon Trail. Turner Hall was packed for the showings. A parade was held in Washington with a real covered wagon, along with the Legion Drum and Bugle Corps to promote it. This landmark movie in film history is available on YouTube and is in the public domain. 

Legion Post 218

Auxiliary Unit 218


Post 218 Chartered: August 18, 1923

Unit 218 Chartered, May 16, 1923