Texas Windmills of the 1800s
BY: Anna Chapa
Very First Windmill Caused Slight Problems (Cause)
The very first windmills was made by Dutch and German immigrants for grinding meal and for power. Many Texans were not to happy with this windmill because they needed a windmill that produced water not meal and power.
Daniel Halladay 1854 (Effect)
Daniel Halladay had solved the problem about the Dutch and German windmill. Daniel had built the first windmill that pumps water out of the ground in Ellington, Connecticut. He had added a vane or tail that is functioned to direct the wheel into the wind to pump the water. Daniels invention was a big success.
1873 Windmills Took Noticed
Daniel's invention took a big notice. Railroad companies saw an opportunity by the windmills to produce water for the steam engines. Farmers and ranchers also took a notice at the windmills to proved a way to give the cattle water and to give water for the crops. The windmills were being put all over Texas as a way to provide water for the state.
Rancher Willa V. Johnson 1886
Johnson was brought windmills on to Matador Land and Cattle Company as a way to provide water for his cattle.
Big Break for Windmills 1900s
2 new windmill inventions were created. These new inventions were made out of steel medal. The first invention was the Driller and the second creation was the Wind miller. These produced electric and gasoline pumps.
Sides of the Windmills
Worries of the New Windmills
People worried that the new inventions would be easier to break because of the amount of speed that is being put on the windmill. Many people also worried about the shortages of water.
Texas windmills have changed significantly over the years. Wood windmills were turned into steel windmills, and later the driller and the wind miller came out. The windmills design has changed, but the history of the windmills of the 1800s has not.