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Danish Windmill, Elk Horn

#37 of 56 in Museums in Iowa
The historic 1848 Nørre Snede, Denmark Windmill was brought to America 40 years ago. Rebuilt by over 300 community volunteers to honor the area's rich Danish Heritage. The Mill was restored to working condition in 1976 and it takes a 20mph wind to operate. At any time when the wind changes the 10 ton cap frame will turn it's self into the wind with the help of the fantail. It is a beautiful sight to see the magnificent windmill turn by windpower.

The Danish Windmill is also one of Iowa's Private Welcome Centers. They have over 250 brochures on other State attractions, Iowa maps and attraction guides. Employees are State Certified Welcome Center employees.

The Mill Corporation is a 501-c-3 non profit Corporation. The Museum shop sales proceeds go to help the day to day operations of the historic windmill stay in good repair. Check out for more information or call 800-451-7960. VELKOMMEN!
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  • Friendly service at the milll. A lot of danish souvenir, but not much Elk Horn souvenirs. Interesting venue  more »
  • The windmill's arms were down for repair so we couldn't get to see its full beauty but we were well-treated & got to see the small museum. Also on the grounds were the Morning Star Chapel & VikingHjem...  more »
  • An impressive piece of Danish history and so even based on voluntary work, definitely worth a visit
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  • Visit Denmark without a passport! Cool place located 20mins north of I-80. Worth a stop if you passing by. Elk Horn is also a very quaint place worth having a walk in. I loved its Danish style & the mill too. Tiny museum and shop located nearby. Parking spots available on location. Have fun!
  • Love this small town attraction. It was very interesting to hear about how the windmi came about. It's a nice little detour from the interstate. It includes a gift shop. You can also your the upper part of the windmill. The staff is friendly. It a great photo op with friends. There's a miniature inside to get a closer look.
  • Neat history. Will be nice when they get it rebuilt. They do need to go sweep all the dead flies out of there. But overall very cool place.
  • Saw a sign during my road trip and being Danish I knew I needed to stop and check this place out. Best decision. Amazing stop and would love to visit again.
  • Very cool place right off of I-80. Stop if you get the chance.

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