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Windmills in Big Bend

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Offline Quixote Kid

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Windmills in Big Bend
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:02:01 PM »
From my forum name, you might have guessed that I have at least a passing interest in windmills.

I think I've visited all the windmills in the park, but windmills are not always easy to spot, especially in Big Bend. So, what windmills have I missed? They don't even have to all be in the nat'l park, I'd like to know about any windmill.

Sam Nail Ranch - 2 windmills. One Aermotor still pumping. The partial non-working windmill is possibly a

Dugout Wells - an Aermotor still pumping.

'Marathon Road' between Terlingua Ranch and BiBe. 16' Aermotor (Beautiful huge windmill) not working with a crashed Fairbury windmill laying near it.

Wood tower only at Blue Creek Ranch.

What other ones have I missed.

Thanks!
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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 05:07:38 PM »
Gil has at least one windmill on top of his house that powers everything.

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 05:24:59 PM »
In the NP, I think there are ruins (on the ground) at Dripping Springs @ the end of paint Gap Rd. I may be wrong about this, though.

In the State Park, there is a functional solar-driven pump under the standing remains of a windmill @ Tres Papalotes in the eastern Solitario:



I believe there are others in the SP as well.
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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 05:31:22 PM »
Have you been here yet?
http://www.windmill.com

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2013, 05:33:46 PM »
From my forum name, you might have guessed that I have at least a passing interest in windmills.

I think I've visited all the windmills in the park, but windmills are not always easy to spot, especially in Big Bend. So, what windmills have I missed? They don't even have to all be in the nat'l park, I'd like to know about any windmill.

Sam Nail Ranch - 2 windmills. One Aermotor still pumping. The partial non-working windmill is possibly a

Dugout Wells - an Aermotor still pumping.

'Marathon Road' between Terlingua Ranch and BiBe. 16' Aermotor (Beautiful huge windmill) not working with a crashed Fairbury windmill laying near it.

Wood tower only at Blue Creek Ranch.

What other ones have I missed.

Thanks!
Q-Kid

How about this one?


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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 06:07:38 PM »
this used to be one. I saw it from a distance on one trip, then the next trip I went to find it and it had collapsed. I wish I would have gotten back there when it was still standing

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 07:50:18 PM »
I hit 'post' before I finished my original post...I think the broken windmill at Sam Nail's place is an Axtell made in Ft. Worth, Texas. Very unique as not many windmills were made in Texas.

Gil has at least one windmill on top of his house that powers everything.

I'd like to know more about that. I should have clarified that my interest for the last 16+ yrs has been vintage water pumping windmills, but my wife and I bought some land in Terlingua Ranch and will be adding solar panels to our little cabin. With my interest in water pumpers I'm eager to learn more about the wind generators and eventually add one of those to our solar set-up.

In the NP, I think there are ruins (on the ground) at Dripping Springs @ the end of paint Gap Rd. I may be wrong about this, though.

In the State Park, there is a functional solar-driven pump under the standing remains of a windmill @ Tres Papalotes in the eastern Solitario:

I believe there are others in the SP as well.

Thanks trtlrock! Sounds like one of our places to visit on in the park is the springs at Paint Gap Road. We almost went there last Thanksgiving, but ended up driving the length of the River Road instead and spending some time at Mariscal mine. Hitting Paint Gap road has been on 'the list' for a long time, now I have another reason.

I'm also embarrassed to say that we've never been into BBSP...at least I don't count driving 170 as visiting the park, it's also on 'the list'.

bjbriggs - yes, I've been to the American Wind Power Center several times. Two times for the International Windmillers Trade Fair.  :icon_lol:

badknees - I have not seen that tower, where can I find it?

Sotol Vista - ditto, I have not seen that tower either, where can I find it?


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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2013, 08:01:31 PM »
Been to the ruins of the one on Paint Gap road. Lots of interesting old trash around that site. Not sure the name of the road (or even if it has one) but the first cabin off the TR ranch road heading up to our place has a small one one his roof. Looks like it is one of the 100-200 watt ones. It is almost always spinning pretty good when we go by. When we build on our property, considering solar and wind ourselves, even have a good hill to get some free elevation for it.

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2013, 08:11:07 PM »
John & Tess

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2013, 08:11:25 PM »

badknees - I have not seen that tower, where can I find it?

Sotol Vista - ditto, I have not seen that tower either, where can I find it?

Look here....

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2013, 08:35:59 PM »
Homer Wilson's windmills were here:

        N 29.23896 W 103.37639

On old maps the place was called Double Mills. Some topos still have a windmill symbol in this spot. In satellite views, you can see a white spot, which I believe may be a concrete foundation for a tank. There is nothing visible from the road, but there may be wreckage on the ground. In a failed attempt to find the spot without coordinates, I reached a place about 100 yds south where I found lots of "ranch litter" scattered about on the ground: old pliers, can lids, wire, broken bottles, nothing special, but fun to find. Homer's shearing pens were in this general area and stretched across the present road to the east I believe, so it could be fun to poke around more sometime. The old road ran parallel to the new one, but was west of the windmills. Homer was smart to drill a water well here since it sits on a bunch of alluvium at the confluence of two washes.

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2013, 08:51:24 PM »
Homer also had a stone water tank here..........

N29.21752 W103.36680
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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2013, 12:52:15 AM »

Sotol Vista - ditto, I have not seen that tower either, where can I find it?


The one i posted is actually pretty easy to get to. Take the Dagger Flat Auto Trail just past Old Ore Road. Its called Dickey Well. There are a few other things in the area that are neat near the well.
Also if you follow the wash uphill from the well, you will see a fence line that goes pretty far, I followed it for a while, but its pretty full of things that will stick you.
 
In the area where you will pull off the road, there are some old cans and junk, lots of good exploring.
Park here (green arrow)
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walk to here (green arrow)
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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2013, 12:23:14 PM »
pics of windmill @ Dripping Spring:

http://www.virtualbigbend.com/tour/dripping_spring/

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/66838154

Is this really a windmill?  It sits directly over the Dripping Spring 'cave' if I'm not mistaken.   I was being hurried along when I found the "spring" a few weeks back and can't be 100% sure of it, but I think it is above the spring.   

I would guess it to have more likely been a rope/bucket system of some sort. 

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2013, 01:10:44 PM »
pics of windmill @ Dripping Spring:

http://www.virtualbigbend.com/tour/dripping_spring/

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/66838154

Is this really a windmill?  It sits directly over the Dripping Spring 'cave' if I'm not mistaken.   I was being hurried along when I found the "spring" a few weeks back and can't be 100% sure of it, but I think it is above the spring.   

I would guess it to have more likely been a rope/bucket system of some sort.

Actually, I'm sure you're right. I was looking at the pics as I posted them thinking...that really doesn't look like windmill remnants.   :icon_redface:
John & Tess

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