As for live birds, Glenn told us that they haven’t been bothered by the 160+ windmills at the museum — not even the turbine. “If you’ve ever been in a car that hit a bird, you’ve killed more than we have.” At the present time, there are more than a hundred rare and historic water pumping windmills displayed inside. Another sixty windmills are erected on the grounds with many pumping water.

“A wind that big would rip the roof off,” she said, implying that windmills would be the least of our concerns. The center was established in 1993 by Miss Billie Wolfe and Coy F. Harris. Wolfe, a faculty member at Texas Tech University, began searching for windmills in the early 1960s. She photographed and documented windmills across the nation and encouraged people to save what windmills were still standing.

Thirty years later, there had been several individuals who had restored a number of early mills and Wolfe located one of these in Mitchell, Nebraska. By this time, Harris was working with Wolfe and he arranged, disassembled and moved this collection of forty-eight rare windmills to Lubbock. Wind-powered museum devoted to American windmills, with a display of 200 models indoors & out. The museum displays a couple of barbed wire bird nests, found on windmills on the treeless prairie.

Dominating the windmill grounds is a Vestas V47 wind turbine. This 660 kW turbine stands on a 50-meter tower and provides all of the power required by the museum facility. This impression is heightened in the museum’s giant room of windmills, over 100 of them, packed blade-to-blade huh token how to buy in a kind of Steampunk vision of mechanical single-mindedness. The biggest wheels are 25 feet across, and you’re right next to them. We wondered if a breeze through the building might set the blades in motion, turning the museum into a human slice-and-dice.

We invite to you join us in celebrating the history of wind powered machines and the relationship between the windmill and the railroad. The museum is a windmill lover’s paradise, spanning the history of the American windmill from the early Halladays, with their collapsing wheels and draft horse counterweights, to a giant megawatt wind turbine. Among the twenty-eight acres of spinning wheels across the Center’s grounds, the beautifully restored wooden Axtell Standard is a particular standout. In 2016 a 33,000-square foot building was added to the complex.

In 2009, the museum unveiled a 5,500-square-foot mural on a 34-foot -tall space stretching 172 feet long. The massive painting highlights the history of windmills from the West Texas perspective, from water-pumping structures to wind-powered generators. The work was undertaken by LaGina Fairbetter, an artist originally from Abilene, Texas, and her assistant, Jenny Cox. The American Wind Power Center is a museum of wind power in Lubbock, Texas. Located on 28 acres of city park land east of downtown Lubbock, the museum has more than 160 American style windmills on exhibition.