Who invented the Wind Mill
- Machinist in Connecticut named Daniel Halladay
- Moved his factory to Illinois in 1854
- Later named his company "the U.S. Wind Engine & Pump Co."
- Became largest manufacturer of windmills in America
- Did not hold up well
- Lacked high pumping capacity
- Couldn't lift water to high elevations
American West Before water pumping windmills
- Well suited for raising livestock
- No access to a supply of water
Improving design: Making water pumping windmills
- 30 years later water pumping windmills were created
- Made of iron & steel
- Became very unpopular because of the expense
- Later on only metal windmills offered for sale
2011 marks the 156th anniversary, of the first commercially successful self-controlled windmill in America.
How Wind Mills evolve today
Today windmills are used mostly to irrigate, water livestock, and aerate ponds.