American Wind Power Center, Lubbock

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The American Wind Power Center is a museum of wind power in Lubbock, Texas. Located on 28acre of city park land east of downtown Lubbock, the museum has more than 160 American style windmills on exhibition.HistoryThe 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.These windmills remained in storage until 1997, when the City of Lubbock authorized an area of land for the museum. Harris and volunteers moved the collection to this new site. Windmills were erected on the grounds and inside a modest exhibit building.In 1999, a much larger building became available, and Harris directed the movement of this building to the park site. He redesigned part of the "metal fabrication building" to better fit the windmills.PresentlyAt 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.Complementing the water pumping windmills are wind electric machines. Some of these date to the early 1920s. Dominating the windmill grounds is a Vestas V47 wind turbine. This 660 kW turbine stands on a 50-meter tower and provides (on a yearly average) all of the power required by the museum facility. Excess energy is sold to the local power grid.
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  • August 14, 2017
    After reading the reviews (and being a Science teacher), I wanted to visit this center. The collection of windmills is outstanding! Not only do they have a huge collection of windmills, they also have...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    a true experience of the development of wind power over 100 year period. even the 2 year old really got into the train exhibit.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    I have been interested in this center for almost 40 years. The beginnings were the idea of one person who really didn't have the time or money to make it work. Since that time other folks interested i...  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    You would not think this would be a very Interesting place but wow it's amazing to learn and see how far advanced we are in technology and it's just amazing to see how these things work you will enjoy this....
  • December 29, 2016
    Love the extensive and interesting windmill collection. The model train display was unexpected and very well done. The miniature houses are neat too. The facilities are modern. Easy parking. Restroom was clean. Front desk staff was very friendly. For what they have, I believe the admission fees are reasonable. Definitely will be returning.
  • April 1, 2017
    This place is so cool. People are incredibly friendly. And something about the windmills just make the place gorgeous.
  • April 12, 2017
    loved seeing all the windmills. never knew there were so many different kinds and weights etc. would go again
  • April 12, 2017
    This is an amazing awesome museum. Well worth a visit! Windmills galore!

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