Fabyan Park Windmill in the Rain

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This 68 ft (21 m) windmill was constructed in the mid-19th century by German craftsmen, Louis Blackhaus, and his brother-in-law Freidrick Brockmann, on a site in Lombard, Illinois. By the early 20th century, the windmill had fallen into a state of disrepair. In 1914, George Fabyan purchased the disused windmill for approximately $8,000 from Mrs. Fred Runge. He then had it moved to this Geneva location in 1915. Fabyan spent an estimated $75,000 to have it moved, reconstructed, and restored. The windmill was reassembled on its present site by a Danish millwright named Rasmussen, with the assistance of John Johnson and six others from the Wilson Bros. Construction Co. After nineteen months, the relocation and reconstruction were completed. The mill was a wonder in its day, because it is thought to be the only fully automatic wind-driven mill of its type. In 1997, repairs costing $900,000 were made to the windmill by third generation Duch windmill maker Lucas Verbij fully restoring it. Today the mill is still operable and demonstrations are provided to tour groups on the weekends. Information paraphrased from Wikepedia.

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Comments (149)

idahodon on July 18, 2013

Liv812, thank you!

Yanghun, Lee on October 21, 2013

    아름답기도 하지만 역사가 재미 있습니다!  Windmill hystory very interesting ^^ GOOD PHOTO  風 車 深 歷 !!!!_

idahodon on October 22, 2013

Yanghun Lee, thank you!!

María Fernando on March 16

Maravillosamente fotografiada. L 107 + F 48. Saludos amistosos.

idahodon on March 18

Maria, thank you very much!!!

Fen on May 8

Красивое фото! F+L C наилучшими пожеланиями из Карелии, Fen

idahodon on May 8

Fen, thank you very much!

hschwe on May 25

Stunning windmill and excellent photo!! * Like and Favorite! *

Warm greetings from the Lower Rhine, Helmut

Thank you very much for your very kind comments and score;))

idahodon on May 25

Helmut, thank you very much!!

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  • Uploaded on November 3, 2012
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    by idahodon
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
    • Taken on 2012/10/14 14:14:55
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