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Old Mill in Nantucket
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: Wind Power ProductionEra: 1700-1749DateCreated: 174650 Prospect StreetNantucketState: MACountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-m-z/wind-power-production/-165-old-mill-in-nantucket-%281746%29Creator: Wilbur, Nathan

The Old Mill, a smock type of windmill, believed to be the oldest operating windmill in the United States. Most of its parts are original. This mill is the sole survivor of four that once stood along the range of hills west of the town of Nantucket. The long spar and wheel rotate the top of the mill and turn the sails into the wind. Inside, visitors can watch the gears as corn is ground into meal, producing about 5 bushels an hour. Documentation of the restoration of the windmill is located at the Nantucket Historical Association's Research Center.

YearAdded:
1992
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Hiroshi Okugawa (CC BY 2.0)Image Caption: Old Mill in NantucketEra_date_from: 1746
Victoria Dutch Windmill
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: Wind Power ProductionEra: 1940-1949DateCreated: 1944Memorial ParkVictoriaState: TXZip: 77901Country: USAWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-m-z/wind-power-production/-151-victoria-dutch-windmill-%281840s%29, https://www.asme.org/getmedia/34e19ef6-403f-4bb4-8a57-92c17d01716e/151-Victoria-Dutch-Windmill-1840s.aspxCreator: Meiss, Fred , Fiek, Otto

This is an old technology brought here by new immigrants. It represents the beginning of modern life in a hard wilderness. This wind-powered gristmill was built in 1870 by Fred Meiss, Jr., and Otto Fiek near Spring Creek, from parts of the first windmill in the new state of Texas, erected by E.G. Witte. The millstones are the ones Witte imported from Europe and are believed to be one of the earliest sets in the United States to survive.

YearAdded:
1991
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Larry D. Moore (CC BY-SA 3.0)Image Caption: German RocketEra_date_from: 1944
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