San Ramon in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Harnessing the Wind
Forest Home Farms Historic Park
— Celebrate San Ramon's History —
”I clearly remember…the tall creaking windmill out in the middle of the barnyard sending its rhythmic whine of gears out over everything.”
– Patricia Durkee, a Boone family relative, remembering the sound of windmills in the 1930s
How a Windmill Works
A windmill harnesses the free and renewable power of the wind and uses that energy to lift underground water to the surface. Two valves work together in an opposing manner to pump water. Power is provided by the windmill motor and transmitted
Water enters through the strainer at the bottom and is drawn upward by the action of the plunger.
Forest Home Farm Historic Park is on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources
The City of San Ramon encourages our residents to enjoy this beautiful park in celebration of our historic past. By acquiring, protecting and maintaining this valuable parkland, the City of San Ramon is preserving for current and future generations natural places where people and other living things can thrive.
Erected by City of San Ramon.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1930.
Location. 37° 44.045′ N, 121° 56.998′ W. Marker is in San Ramon, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from San Ramon Valley Boulevard. The resin marker is mounted to a metal stand behind the Glass House Museum, next to the windmill and water tower. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21103 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon CA 94583, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clement Pierre Elissondo (a few steps from this marker); The Glass House 1932 - 1998 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Glass House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boone House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First People of the East Bay (about 400 feet away); Bounty of the Land (about 500 feet away); Sunrise to Sunset (about 500 feet away); Forest Home Farms Historic Park (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Ramon.
Also see . . .
1. Glass House Museum.
"Take a tour with one of our trained docents and explore our Italianate Victorian House built in 1877."(Submitted on July 11, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
"Like waterwheels, windmills were among the original prime movers that replaced human beings as a source of power."(Submitted on July 11, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 12, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.