Tuesday, April 18, 2006


This is a very common site in this part of the country. Most are in disrepair. This one still appears to be working. These windmills were used to pump water into the house or the barn. The drive mechanism could be engaged when water was needed or disengaged to free wheel. When I took this picture it occured to me that although I've seen hundreds if not thousand of these windmills I've never been in the pump house to see how they work. I love machinery so I'll have to rectify that oversite.

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