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Near Faywood in Grant County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Wind Power!

City of Rocks State Park

 
 
Wind Power! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 6, 2014
1. Wind Power! Marker
Inscription.  Since ancient times, Man has harnessed the power of the wind. The earliest known use of wind power is the sailboat, and this technology played an important role in the development of sail-type windmills.

Windmills have been around for at least 1,300 years. The first windmills had vertical shafts and were built in Persia around the 7th century AD. Made of six to twelve sails covered in fabric or palm leaves, they were used to grind corn and pump water.

The pinnacles of windmill design include those built by the Dutch and British. The Dutch used windmills extensively to pump water as well as grind flour. They also developed many advanced "automatic control" mechanisms over the centuries.

The promise of power from the wind lives on, both in the form of wind turbines producing electricity and in the form of small-scale wind pumps, still used extensively in world agriculture.

Wind Farms
Wind power plants, or wind farms as they are sometimes called, are clusters of wind machines used to produce electricity. A wind farm usually has dozens of wind machines scattered over a large area, standing tall and wide to capture
Marker detail: Horizontal Wind Machine image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Horizontal Wind Machine
• Blades catch the wind and spin.
• Generator converts mechanical energy into electricity.
• Cable carries electricity to transmission line.
• Computer system controls direction of the blades.
as much wind as possible. Horizontal-axis wind machines have blades like airplane propellers. A typical horizontal wind machine stands as tall as a 20-story building and has three blades that span 200 feet across. The largest wind machines in the world have blades longer than a football field!
 
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Location. 32° 35.302′ N, 107° 58.463′ W. Marker is near Faywood, New Mexico, in Grant County. Marker is on City of Rocks (Park Road) 1.8 miles north of State Highway 61. Marker and windmill are located just north of the City of Rocks State Park Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 327 New Mexico Highway 61, Hurley NM 88043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Rocks State Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carlotta Thompkins Thurmond (approx. 6.4 miles away); First Road to Southern California (approx. 6.6 miles away); Bayard (approx. 14.1 miles away); a different marker also named Bayard (approx. 15˝ miles away); Santa Rita Copper Mines (approx. 16.8 miles away); Fort Bayard - 1866-1900 (approx. 17 miles away); Fort Bayard (approx. 17.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Windmills
Wind Power! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 6, 2014
3. Wind Power! Marker
(marker is mounted at eye-level directly on park windmill)
. Modern windmills as we know them today started first appearing around 8th and 9th century in middle east and Western Asia. Initially popularized by Muslims, windmills soon arrived in India, China and Europe, where they went through several cycles of incredible innovation. (Submitted on October 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. History of Wind Power. The oil shortages of the 1970s changed the energy environment for the United States and the world. The oil shortages created an interest in developing ways to use alternative energy sources, such as wind energy, to generate electricity. The U.S. federal government supported research and development of large wind turbines. (Submitted on October 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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