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Near Jenner in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

California's First Windmill

 
 
California's First Windmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
1. California's First Windmill Marker
Caption: (top left) The site of California's first windmill appears on this 1817 "Plan of Fortress Ross.: The windmill was located northwest of the fort in the area of the rise beyond this path.
Inscription. The Russian-American Company grew crops and raised animals at Fort Ross to provide food for their Alaskan Colonies. In 1841, there were two windmills at Fort Ross. Grains, such as wheat, and barley, were ground into flour using millstones.

The Company had three inland farms between Fort Ross and Bodega Bay. However, the cool damp coastal climate and abundance of golfers resulted in insufficient yields. The Company also traded with Spanish and Mexican California to supplement the grain needed for Alaska.
 
Erected by California State Parks.
 
Location. 38° 30.932′ N, 123° 14.696′ W. Marker is near Jenner, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached from Coast Highway (State Highway 1) near Fort Ross Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jenner CA 95450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Russian Village Site - Sloboda (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Ross (about 500 feet away); The Call Family Residence (about 600 feet away); The Native Alaskan Village (about 600 feet away); a different
Reproduction of California's First Windmill image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
2. Reproduction of California's First Windmill
marker also named Fort Ross (about 700 feet away); Sandy Beach Cove (about 700 feet away); re-creating the Fort Ross Windmill (about 800 feet away); Fort Ross Defenses (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jenner.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at Fort Ross State Park.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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