American Wind Power Center celebrates new windmill addition - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/19/10

American Wind Power Center celebrates new windmill addition

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The American Wind Power Center on East Broadway in Lubbock is celebrating a new addition to their collection.

A 35-year-old English Post Mill was relocated to Lubbock from its original location in Virginia. There it stood on the very same site as the first windmill in America, dating back to 1621.

The American Wind Power Museum features comprehensive history of water pumping windmills, but executive Director Coy Harris says this one had a very different purpose. "Customers would drive up in the carts, and unload their bags of corn or wheat. Give it to the windmiller, he would take it inside and turn the windmill on. It would grind up their corn or wheat, and the customer would then get his flour or meal back."

Harris says the Mill's set up is now complete, but it still needs a little tune up. After that, the public is invited to come see the grinding process for themselves.

The Museum is open: Tuesday Through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round . (Also open Sundays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. May through September) Always Closed Mondays. Admission is $5.00 per person or $10.00 for a family of (4) four. Active Duty Military and their household families are admitted free with Military I.D. 

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