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Windmills

Capture the wind

Like the wind that blows relentlessly across the Panhandle, windmills were the driving force that made settlement possible on the Panhandle Plains. Take a look at the two most popular windmills that could be seen on farms and ranches across the area—the solid-wheel Star windmill and the ubiquitous Eclipse windmill, which could be ordered in 16- or 35-foot diameters. Explore the details of our replica windmillers’ camp, which includes an authentic wagon used on the legendary XIT Ranch. A unique addition to this exhibit is an electricity-generating windcharger built soon after World War I, one of the first windmills developed for that purpose.
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