San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
In 1947, the first restoration project executed included minor repairs to the windmill and replacement of the sail stocks. The 114-foot spars made out of 6 tons of laminated wood were shipped from Portland, Oregon to replace two deteriorated windmill blades. According to an article written by Krista Hauser, "it [the spars] was so large that it took up three railroad cars and entangled traffic all afternoon." Since the 1947 restoration, there have been several attempts to rehabilitate the Murphy Windmill. In the late 1960's, Eleanor Rossi Crabtree, daughter to former San Francisco mayor Angelo Rossi, campaigned to restore both windmills to bring them back to their former glory. However, as the restoration costs rose, the Murphy Windmill was eventually dropped from the program.
In 2002, the Recreation and Parks Department began a three-phase construction project that involved cataloguing every piece of the mill, dismantleing of the wood and iron elements, salvaging pieces that could be reused, and restoration of the cap structure. The cap elements were transported to Holland by ship and reconditioned by the Dutch millwright Lucas
The dome and fantail were restored to match the original design and details.
On September 12, 2011, the restored 64-ton cap was placed back onto the tower structure. The copper-clad dome was shipped to The Netherlands in 2002 for repair and restoration.
Depicted here, in the interior of the dome, from front to back, is the manual steering wheel which controls the position of the dome, the primary gear assembly and the brake wheel. All of these features are original, refurbished components.
Erected by San Francisco Recreation & Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical date for this entry is September 12, 2011.
Location. 37° 45.903′ N, 122° 30.51′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive north of Lincoln Way, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Murphy Windmill (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Murphy Windmill (a few steps from this marker); Roald Amundsen (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historical Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ticket to Ride (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Memorable Muse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Turning Sand to Gold (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hints of History (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . . Murphy Windmill. (Submitted on May 4, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.