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Lubbock: American Wind Power Center


Photo by Rick Vanderpool

VOICE OF THE WIND

Travel down any Texas highway, regardless of direction, season or time of day, and you’ll pass a windmill. The windmill is the workhorse of arid lands, independent but dependable, and ubiquitous as a fence post. Lubbock’s American Wind Power Center celebrates the windmill and the history of wind power by offering visitors a look at over 150 wooden and metal windmills and wind turbines. The Center is a windmill lover’s paradise, spanning the history of the American windmill from the early Halladays, with their collapsing wheels and draft horse counterweights, to a giant megawatt wind turbine. The American Wind Power Center is the culmination of efforts by the late Billie Wolfe, a faculty member of Texas Tech’s College of Home Economics and self-appointed windmill researcher and CEO of Wind Engineering Corporation (and Lubbock native) Coy Harris. Among the twenty-eight acres of spinning wheels across the Center’s grounds, the beautifully restored wooden Axtell Standard is a particular standout. The slender blades of the twenty-two and a half-foot, hand-wrought wheel, once a routine sight across Texas farms of the early 1900s, capture light in lacey rotations and when in motion sounds like the voice of the wind.


Location

  • 1701 Canyon Lake Drive
  • Lubbock, Texas
  • 79043

Contact

Hours & Fees

  • Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and  (May-September) Sunday 2 p.m-5 p.m.

  • Adults: $7.50, Children (5-12): $5.00, Children (4 and younger) & Military (w/ID): Free, Seniors (60+) & Veterans: $6.00

    $20 for a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children)

     


Map & Directions

Exit 3 - 3/4 of a mile east of Interstate 27 on 19th Street