Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Jenner in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

re-creating the Fort Ross Windmill

 
 
re-creating the Fort Ross Windmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
1. re-creating the Fort Ross Windmill Marker
Caption: (lower right) Ilya Voznesensky, "Fort Ross Colony", 1841
Inscription. Russians built California's first windmill at Fort Ross in 1814. The mill ground grain into flour for bread to feed both Settlement Ross and the Russians' Alaskan settlements. While the original structure no longer exists, the historical record captures many image and references to the Russian-style windmill.
The Fort Ross windmill replica has been implemented by "the Link of Times" Foundation and donated to California State Parks in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ross.

This replica stolbovka style windmill, just as the original, features authentic mechanisms, a "nail-free" roof structure make of birch bark, and two pairs of blade wings. This historical reconstruction was carried out by Russian masters of the windmill building technique as introduced in the early 19th century using such traditional tools as an ax, planer, scraper, and adzes of that period. The mill was constructed in Russian and shipped to Fort Ross for installation.

"To the north of the square at a distance of three musket shots, they have a good windmill that grinds perfectly, all of it being made of wood from its foundation up." -- Fr. Mariano Payers, during his 1822 visit.
 
Location. 38° 30.905′ N, 123° 14.852′ W. Marker
Russian text on the Fort Ross Windmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
2. Russian text on the Fort Ross Windmill Marker
Click on the image to enlarge.
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. Fort Ross (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Call Family Residence (about 600 feet away); California's First Windmill (about 800 feet away); The Native Alaskan Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sandy Beach Cove (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Russian Village Site - Sloboda (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Ross Defenses (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Fort Ross (approx. mile 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. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
re-creating the Fort Ross Windmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
3. re-creating the Fort Ross Windmill Marker
Re-creation of the Fort Ross Windmill image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
4. Re-creation of the Fort Ross Windmill
Re-creation of the Fort Ross Windmill image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
5. Re-creation of the Fort Ross Windmill
 
 
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 182 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 17, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement