“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Holland in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

De Zwaan Windmill

De Zwaan Windmill Marker Obverse image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 20, 2020
1. De Zwaan Windmill Marker Obverse
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,

De Zwaan Windmill Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 20, 2020
2. De Zwaan Windmill Marker Reverse
on October 5, 1964. The pieces were moved by truck to this site, were the city had levelled the grounds, removed brush and created canals. Over the next six months, Medendorp supervised the mills reconstruction, including the placement onto a new brick base. He restored its gears to working order, allowing it to mill local grain into flour. Jaap R. de Blecourt, former head gardener at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel, planned the island's gardens. De Zwaan was dedicated on April 10, 1965, with Governor George Romney and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in attendance.

This marker is property of the State of 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: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasWar, 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
De Zwaan Windmill image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 20, 2020
3. De Zwaan Windmill
The marker can be seen at the lower right corner of the photo.
is charged at the park entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Lincoln Ave, Holland MI 49423, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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.)
De Zwaan Windmill image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 20, 2020
4. De Zwaan Windmill
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.
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