De Zwaan Windmill
In 1961 Castle Park resort owner Carter P. Brown proposed the idea of creating a public park with an "authentic Dutch windmill," a symbol of Holland's Dutch heritage. To do so. the city officials needed permission from the Dutch governments, which protects windmills as national monuments. Willard C. Winchers, Midwest director for the Netherlands Information Service, led negotiations with the Dutch over a three-year period. In June 1964 he traveled to the Netherlands to find a suitable mill to finalize arrangements to buy and move it. In Vinkel, Noord Brabant, stood a mill that had been built in 1884 using pieces from older mills. Names De Zwaan (the Swan), it had been damaged during World War II and had deteriorated. Dutch officials allowed the sale but required that Dutch millwright Jan D. Medendorp supervise its relocation and restoration.
The dismantling of De Zwaan mill in the Netherlands began in June 1964. Its approximately seven thousand pieces, weighing sixty-six tons, were brought to the United States by the Dutch steamship Prins Willem van Oranje It arrived at Muskegon, Michigan,
Erected 2017 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan History Center. (Marker Number 2300.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
Location. 42° 47.92′ N, 86° 5.736′ W. Marker is in Holland, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Avenue when traveling north. The windmill is located on Windmill Island, a part of Windmill Island Gardens. An admission
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Holland City Hall and Firehouse No. 2 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Knickerbocker Theater (approx. 0.7 miles away); Outpost (approx. ¾ mile away); Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Warm Friend (approx. 0.8 miles away); Tower Clock (approx. 0.9 miles away); Kraker (approx. 0.9 miles away); Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holland.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article about the De Zwaan Windmill. (Submitted on August 8, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.