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This railroad windmill was erected in 1880 in Fleming, CO, and stands 60 feet tall, has 200 blades in 2 rows of 8 sections and measures 20 feet in diameter. Windmills operate by the winds rotating the wheel. The tail fan extends outside the wheel regulating the mechanisms. In strong winds the head is rotated out of the wind to decrease the rotation, as excess speed could cause damage.
This windmill was acquired in August of 1972 and moved to Windmill State Park Recreation Area near Gibbon, NE along Interstate 80. It is the largest of a collection of antique windmills located there. Windmills are cheap sources of power for pumping water or grinding grain. They are used today across Nebraska in pastures to supply water for the livestock.

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