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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 wind turbines spread over acres of farmland.  Others may remember wind engines 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 50 custom wind grist mills.

Sadly, only four still stand, and a fifth was constructed in 2000.

To get started, you can click on one of the pictures to the right; or, explore the different categories in the menu above.

Illinois Windmills

From top, clockwise: De Immigrant in Fulton; Fabyan Windmill in Geneva; Fischer Windmill in Elmhurst; Peotone Windmill in Peotone; and the Prairie Mills in Golden.