Eclipse Windmill ~ Lipscomb, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 36° 14.013 W 100° 16.539
14S E 385365 N 4010607
Quick Description: Restored Eclipse Windmill on display at the Wolf Creek Heritage Museum.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 8/25/2009 8:51:38 AM
Waymark Code: WM730E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member montythemule
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Long Description:

Location of Display: TX-305, Wolf Creek Heritage Museum, Lipscomb.
County of Display: Lipscomb County.
Text about the designer and this windmill:

Jona Laubhan, Lipscomb County early settler restored the Eclipse Windmill and many other antique windmills after he retired from farming.

Jona was born August 24, 1900. He married Martha Ehrlich in Lipscomb Texas in 1821. Jona was one of the first in Lipscomb County to utilize sprinkler irrigation. He retired from farming in the late 1960's and started his search for antique windmill parts to satisfy his love of the old wooden wheeled windmills.

In the 1970's he donated a restored Eclipse mill, similar to the one on display here, to the Ranch Heritage Museum in Lubbock, Texas. He also donated an Eclipse to the Old City Park in Dallas. The late Buck Buchanan of Spearman and Jona restored, erected and donated another Eclipse to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Jona spent his retirement years restoring antique, Star, Walpole and other mills which he placed in his Follett, Tx. yard. He made miniature wooden scale windmills and sold them to the public (four models are on display in the museum).

The Eclipse Mill was first built in 1865 and sold for as little as $5.00 to $10.00 at that time, according to Mr. Laubhan. The Eclipse windmill was the most commonly used wooden windmill in Texas until the use of metal windmills at the turn of the century. The XIT ranch had over 300 scattered on their acreage as reported by the Ranching Heritage Museum.

The Wolf Creek Museum is grateful for the generosity of the Laubhan family in their gift of this beautiful Eclipse. We are also grateful for the generosity of the donors and the Southwestern Pioneer Windmill Association for their skills in restoring the antique Eclipse.

Eclipse Windmill History can be read here: Eclipse

Date of Manufacture: 01/01/1865

Purpose: Water Pumping

Open to the public: yes

Is This Windmill Functional?: No

Museum on Site: yes

Windmill Farm: Not Listed

Cost: Not Listed

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