The five custom windmills in Illinois as they appear today.
Click on a picture to learn more about each mill.
From top, clockwise: De Immigrant, Fulton; Fabyan Windmill, Geneva;
Fischer Windmill, Elmhurst; Peotone Windmill, Peotone;
and Prairie Mills Windmill, Golden.
Welcome to Illinois Windmills, a website dedicated to the history, preservation, and continuing story of windmills in Illinois. Many associate Illinois with
hundreds of towering white
turbines spread over acres of farmland. Others may remember
quietly pumping water for families in rural areas of the state.
But what many do not know is that during the nineteenth century,
Illinois’ countryside could have easily been mistaken for Holland; the
state was once home to over fifty
custom wind grist mills. Sadly, only four still stand, and a fifth was
constructed in 2000.
Renovation of the Fischer Windmill has begun! Click here to read more.