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American colonists used windmills to grind grain, pump water, and cut wood at sawmills. As late as the 1920s, small windmills were used to generate electricity in rural areas without electric service. As power lines began to transport electricity to rural areas in the 1930s, local windmills were used mostly for pumping water particularly in remote areas like cattle pastures. Although they can still be seen on some Western ranches the traditional windmill seems to be vanishing.

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