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History of the Duncanville Historical Park Windmill

 
 
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By Kayla Harper, May 2, 2021
1. History of the Duncanville Historical Park Windmill Marker
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Donated by Zelda Vinyard Johnston, this windmill was originally constructed on the Charles P. Nance farm, specifically located on O’Guinn creek which cuts through the western half of the escarpment known geographically as Balcones Formation, and historically as the “Cedar Mountains”. The windmill was placed just a few feet above the creek bed which required that it be taller than most windmills in order to break the tops of the trees.

Sometime during the early twentieth century the Nance farm passed into the hands of the Vinyard family, which the descendants still own today. In 1989, Zelda Vinyard Johnston, a charter member of the Duncanville Historical Society and daughter of Lucretia Barker Vinyard (author of History of the Cedar Mountains) donated this windmill to the Historical Society, to be placed in the Duncanville Historical Park as one of the first structures for the park.

The actual membership of the Historical Society, climbed and disassembled the windmill, one piece and one section at a time, and hand carried the pieces and sections over half a mile to be loaded and tagged.

Restored
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By Kayla Harper, May 2, 2021
2. History of the Duncanville Historical Park Windmill Marker
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by Chuck Shytles, who was impressed with the height of the structure as well as the fashion by which the volunteers disassembled it, the windmill was ready to be set at the Park. With crane services donated by Elk Crane Services and concrete anchoring donated by Ray Smith, the structure was set in the spring of 1993.

Finally, in October 1993 during the opening ceremonies of the Duncanville Harvest Fest, Mrs. Johnston released the brake on the windmill and within seconds the tail whipped into place, the motor turned into the wind and this ninety year old windmill was working again.

The windmill stands tall in the Duncanville Historical Park today as a reminder of our past, as well as a testimony to the hard work and determination of the members of the Historical Society, particularly Zelda Johnston, Preston Richards, Ray & Vicki Smith, Joe Castella, Judy & Wally Richards, Milton & Wilma Reagan, Don & JoAnn Boldt.
 
Erected by Duncanville Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 32° 38.912′ N, 96° 54.308′ W. Marker is in Duncanville, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker can be reached from James Collins
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By Kayla Harper, May 2, 2021
3. History of the Duncanville Historical Park Windmill Marker
"Given to the Duncanville Historical Society and the citizens of Duncanville. In memory of Thomas Raymond Johnston and all Duncanville pioneers who made the historical park and the city of Duncanville possible. From the family of Thomas Raymond and Zelda Vinyard Johnston."
Boulevard. The marker is inside of Armstrong Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville TX 75116, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Music Room (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Methodist Church of Duncanville (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Christian Church of Duncanville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Duncanville (approx. 0.4 miles away); John C. Pelt (approx. half a mile away); Penn Springs (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Daniel Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Trees Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duncanville.
 
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By Kayla Harper, May 2, 2021
4. Duncanville Historical Park Windmill
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By Kayla Harper, May 2, 2021
5. Duncanville Historical Park Windmill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2021, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 13, 2021, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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