Windmill Buildings (page 1)

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Watermill Express
Plant City, FL
Watermill Express
Houston, TX
Roswell, NM
Middlebury, IN
These Watermill Express water vending machines are distributed nationwide. The first one was built in 1984 in Brighton, CO. For more, see this website.

The Windmill in Roswell is another water vending machine. There are at least two of these unnamed machines in town, as well as two Watermill Express machines.

The Windmill in Middlebury is installed at Krider's World's Fair Gardens. It is a replica of the one that Krider Nurseries displayed at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.

Windmill & Welcome Sign
Rotterdam, NY
Amsterdam, NY
Oberlin, OH
The Windmill in Rotterdam was located in a Kmart shopping center when this photo was taken in 2005. It is about 17 feet tall. It was built in 1949 for a home builder's show in Albany, NY. After that, it was moved to a nursery in Guilderland, NY. In 1987, it was moved to the owner's private residence and used as a storage shed. In 1992, it was donated to the city of Rotterdam. It was moved near a restaurant and later moved to the shopping center. In 2009, the windmill was moved to the entrance to the Great Flats Nature Trail. For more, see this website. [map]

The windmill was chosen as the town's symbol in 1989. I believe this welcome sign was installed then.

This Windmill in Amsterdam is at a farm. It appears to be functional or probably was originally. [map]

This Windmill in Oberlin was built in the mid-1980s. It was used to pump water from a pond to irrigate the farm where it is located. It is no longer in use. [map]

Windmill House [gone]
Barnegat, NJ
This Windmill House was built around 1910. The blades look like they turned at one time. In the past few years, the building has fallen into worse shape. Hardly any trace of the blades remain. In 2014, the building was still standing, bladeless, behind chain link fencing. By 2016, it was gone. For more, see this website.

Windmill House
Morro Bay, CA
This Windmill House was built for the silent film star, Gladys Walton. I don't know when it was built. Walton also owned a house with a faux Lighthouse. [map]

Windmill House
Los Osos, CA
This Windmill House was built by John Lindemans. I don't know when it was built but I believe it has been here since at least the 1970s. [map]

Nieuw Amsterdam
Village Apartments
South Amboy, NJ
Windmill Restaurant
Long Branch, NJ
Little Dutch Mill
Griderville, KY
The Nieuw Amsterdam Village Apartments windmill is probably a recently built structure. This photo is from 2009. By 2013, the windmill had been painted red. [map]

This Windmill Restaurant opened in 1964 as a hot dog stand with this three-story windmill. There are now seven other locations but this is the only one with a windmill. For more, see this website. [map]

The Little Dutch Mill functioned as a gas station and restaurant. It was built by at least the early 1950s. I don't believe there were motel rooms. Another location with the same owner in Glasgow, KY offered gas, food and lodging. There was a similar main windmill with mini windmill-shaped cabins. There may have been a third location. These photos are from 2007. By 2013, the windmill's blades were gone. For more, see this website. [map]

former Green Mill Inn
Penngrove, CA
The Green Mill Inn was founded in the late 1920s as a stand selling chicken and fruit pies. The windmill was added by 1932. The restaurant closed in in 2003 and the building has been vacant since then. For more, see this website. [map]

Howard Johnson
Express Inn
Ceres, CA
Van de Kamp Bakery
Los Angeles, CA
Windmill Bank
Mechanicsville, VA
Lamar, CO
De Immigrant Windmill
Fulton, IL
The windmill in Ceres is located in front of a Howard Johnson Express Inn. It was built in the early 1950s for the Blue Mill Motel. The original owner wanted to build something as a tribute to his Denmark roots. The blades on this windmill still turn. [map]

This Van de Kamp Bakery was built around 1930. It is now missing its blades. The building now houses Best Way Liquor. [map]

The Windmill Bank was built in 1974 for Heritage Savings and Loan. From 2007-2008, the building and windmill were renovated. The windmill's blades are turning again. The building now houses an EVB bank. [map]

The Windmill in Lamar was built in the early 1930s in the backyard of the Wilson family. The plans that were used to build it and the ironwork that runs the wheel were imported from Holland. Originally, the roof was painted red and the wheel was green. In 2005, the windmill was moved to the lawn of the Prowers County Courthouse. [map]

The De Immigrant Windmill in Fulton was built from 1999-2001. The windmill was built in the Netherlands and assembled on this hill next to the Mississippi River. It is fully functional. For more, see this website. [map]

Towne Crier
Clovis, NM
The Towne Crier building originally housed the Zuider Zee seafood restaurant in the 1960s. It later housed Red Crow Drive Inn and the Pizza Mill & Sub Factory. The Towne Crier moved here in 1984. There is a record at the center of the windmill blades. The store now focuses on home and car stereos. [map]

Auld Holland Inn
Oak Harbor, WA
Windmill Inn Motel
Lynden, WA
Windmill de Wijn
Lynden, WA
Fairway Center
Lynden, WA
mini windmill
Lynden, WA
Thee Auld Holland Inn has been here since at least the early 1960s. The windmill's blades still turn. [map]

The Windmill Inn Motel was built in 1950. [map]

The Windmill de Wijn is 72 feet tall and was built in 1987. The ground floor houses a gift shop. The three upper floors house The Dutch Village Inn. The blades turn and are lit at night. [map]

The Fairway Center windmill is 53 feet tall and was built in 2006. The base of the building houses Woods Coffee. [map]

This mini windmill is now missing its blades.

There is another small windmill in Lynden as well.

Seneca Falls, NY
Danish Windmill
Elk Horn, IA
Helen, GA
The Windmill in Seneca Falls was once the main office of a tourist cottage complex. It is now used as the Visitors Info Center, adjacent to the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. These old photos date to the 1920s or so. There is a Shell gas sign visible in one of them. There were Mobilgas pumps there in the 1940s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Danish Windmill was built in 1848 in Norre Snede, Denmark. The 60 foot tall windmill was brought here in 1976. Elk Horn has one of the largest concentrations of Danes in the U.S. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Windmill in Helen is part of the Heidi Motel. [map]

former gas station
Ellensburg, WA
Dutch Mill
Mobile Home Park [gone]
Aurora, CO
Dutch Mill Motel
and Family Restaurant
Shelburne, VT
Gatlinburg, TN
The Ellensburg windmill was originally built as a gas station office. The property also included motel rooms. The building was still in use in the 1970s but has been abandoned since around 1991. Its last uses were as a radiator shop office and an espresso stand. It has been vacant for many years. For more, see this website. [map]

The windmill in Aurora was built around 1920 for the Dutch Mill Cottage Court. The windmill structure was surrounded by a group of 13 cottages which were rented out to tourists and workers at the Fitzsimons Army Hospital. Later, the windmill was later used as the Dutch Mill Tobacco Shop. In recent years, it was used as the office for the Dutch Mill Mobile Home Park. In 2010, this windmill was demolished. For more, see this website.

The Dutch Mill Motel opened in 1927 as the Dutch Mill Motor Court with 25 cottages laid out in a semi-circle. Cottages were added over the years but by the 1970s, they were beyond repair and replaced with a more modern hotel room complex. In 1973, the Shelburne Camping Area was added behind the motel. The restaurant opened in 1995. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Windmill in Gatlinburg may have been built for the Windmill Towne Shopping Center which is gone now. [map]

Oakland, CA
2008: 2014:
The history of the windmill in Oakland is unclear. While some say it was originally installed at an entrance to Idora Park, I have not found any evidence of such. Another story is that this structure is what remains of a Pee Wee mini golf course. This windmill was supposedly used as a flower shop in the 1950s/1960s and was possibly used as a lemonade stand at one point. It has been vacant for many years. I'd love to get the true history of this windmill. For more, see this website. [map]

Old Dutch Store
Salt Lake City, UT
Windmill Club [gone]
Rodeo, CA
Century Auto Sales [gone]
Irving, TX
The Old Dutch Store opened in 1978. The store sells food and gifts. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Windmill Club started out as a soda soda fountain and restaurant in the early 1900s. It became a bar after Prohibition ended. The place was severely damaged in a fire in 2009 and never reopened. The building was demolished in 2017. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Century Auto Sales had been here since 1970. The windmill sign was built for a real estate office in the late 1950s or early 1960s. There had been a used car dealership here since the late 1970s. The sign was still operational. In 2013, the building and signs were demolished for new development. The owner planned to sell the windmill on eBay.

Mis Cazuelas
Dallas, TX
Windmill Lounge
Dallas, TX
A small windmill has been installed on the roof of Mis Cazuelas restaurant since at least 2007. Does anyone know what was located here originally? [map]

The small windmill on the roof of the Windmill Lounge appears to be identical to the one at Mis Cazuelas. It has been there since at least 2008. The Windmill Lounge opened in 2005. For more, see this website. [map]

NW Iowa Auto Center [gone]
Le Mars, IA
Windmill Travel Center
Dexter, MN
The NW Iowa Auto Center building was constructed around 1930 as a gas station with a rooftop windmill. Only a bit of the blades remained when this photo was taken in 2009. Prior to the repair shop, the building was home to Jimbo's Bait and Tackle. The windmill was still there in 2012 but gone by 2016.

The Windmill Travel Center consisted of a restaurant, gas station, and motel. The restaurant and gas station were both closed when I was there in 2008, however, the blades on the windmill were still turning. The motel seemed to be in use as a conference center. The restaurant was originally a Nickerson Farms. Does anyone know when it became the Windmill? [map]

Max's Bar & Grill
Yakima, WA
Clarkston, WA
The blades still turn on Max's Bar & Grill rooftop windmill. Does anyone know the history behind this one? For more, see this website. [map]

This small Windmill was built in 1999 by Clarence Montag just before he passed away. It was installed in a park next to the Snake River bridge that same year as a tribute to Montag. [map]

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