Nothing evokes the history of the American Midwest and Great Plains more than the classic windmill spinning effortlessly in the breeze. Sadly, these iconic structures are becoming less and less visible on the American landscape. But, there is a wonderful place to see 52 different varieties of them – the Mid-America Windmill Museum in Kendallville, Indiana.
A visit to this fine museum instantly transports you back to a simpler time and place in our history. It also tells a fascinating story of the development of windmills for use on American farms and ranches while detailing the technical advancements that have taken place. Most surprising to this native Hoosier was that Tri-State Area of Northeast Indiana, Northwest Ohio, and Southern Michigan was a key focal point of windmill development in the United States with dozens of manufacturers located in the region.
One of the most memorable aspects was listening to these historic windmills as they rotated in the breeze. Here are my youtube videos of a single eerie windmill and a windmill duet heard during our visit to the Mid-America Windmill Museum. Enjoy!
Below are a few more of the many images taken during our two-hour visit.
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