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Windmills in Big Bend

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Offline Quixote Kid

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #30 on: March 05, 2013, 11:40:25 AM »
Sotol Vista, thanks for taking the time to point that out. Looks like a great hike. Added it to the list. The list is now longer than my arm.  :icon_rolleyes:

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2013, 12:00:25 PM »
your welcome. that wash is pretty thick with brush and stuff and you may encounter water at the entrance to slick rock canyon.
everything is better with bacon!!!

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2013, 09:09:20 AM »
We recently (the end of July) spend 10 days in the wilds of west Texas. Of course, I was on windmill alert...

This was in Big Bend Ranch State Park. It looked as thought someone was working on the windmill and quit in the middle of the job. Maybe they are/were fixing the gearbox.

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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2013, 02:34:28 PM »
QK
  Interesting hobby you've got there - I reread the whole thread and came up with a couple of questions - Why do you say Peggys pic at Hannolds is not a windmill part  ? It sure looks like one to my totally untrained eye. Not doughting you , just wondering what you see. Any idea what it is ?
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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #34 on: August 08, 2013, 02:53:25 PM »


The Hannold Trading Post.

Alan - thanks, I've had a lot of fun traveling Texas and installing or repairing windmills for people. I've met a ton of great people and seen parts of Texas that I would never have seen if it wasn't for windmills. 

I'm fairly certain this is not a windmill part, but not positive.

I'm going by the size of the creosote bush and the fact that there is only one piece of tin. The tin and the way it is attached to the pipe does not look like it would function as a windmill part. i.e. it definitely doesn't look like a fan section. That would mean it might be part of a tail vane, but typically tail vanes are bigger than this (again judging the size by the bush).

Most of the time windmill wheels (fans) have 3 or 4 blades per section and 5 or 6 sections per wheel. You can see that in one of the earlier pictures of the windmill parts laying by the tank in Big Bend Ranch State Park.

I would like to see it in person to determine what it is, or what it might have gone to. I find stuff like this fascinating...even if it's not windmill related.


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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #35 on: August 09, 2013, 07:43:49 AM »


The Hannold Trading Post.

Alan - thanks, I've had a lot of fun traveling Texas and installing or repairing windmills for people. I've met a ton of great people and seen parts of Texas that I would never have seen if it wasn't for windmills. 

I'm fairly certain this is not a windmill part, but not positive.

I'm going by the size of the creosote bush and the fact that there is only one piece of tin. The tin and the way it is attached to the pipe does not look like it would function as a windmill part. i.e. it definitely doesn't look like a fan section. That would mean it might be part of a tail vane, but typically tail vanes are bigger than this (again judging the size by the bush).

Most of the time windmill wheels (fans) have 3 or 4 blades per section and 5 or 6 sections per wheel. You can see that in one of the earlier pictures of the windmill parts laying by the tank in Big Bend Ranch State Park.

I would like to see it in person to determine what it is, or what it might have gone to. I find stuff like this fascinating...even if it's not windmill related.


Possibly a wind charger or what ever they were called, a generator connected to a small windmill?  Theres one at the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon Tx.

http://www.windcharger.org/Wind_Charger/Wincharger.html






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Re: Windmills in Big Bend
« Reply #36 on: August 09, 2013, 03:09:49 PM »
Possibly, I'm not real familiar with the older generators. I do have a Wincharger, but it doesn't look like that. But just like there were a lot of windmill manufacturers (Would it surprise you to know that there were 100+ manufacturers of windmills around 1900?) before electricity became available, there were also a lot of wind generator companies so it could be from one of those companies.

The more I look at it, the more intrigued I am...we are planning a trip to Big Bend this fall and I'm trying to push a hike to Hannold Trading Post to the top of th list.  ;)

 


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