Windmills first made their appearance in Texas shortly before the 1870's.
Prior to their appearance, the shortage of surface water in West Texas
limited settlement to areas with a river, spring, or pond. Texas became the
largest user of windmills in the United States until the introduction of
electric motors and gasoline engines in the 1930s.
Courtesy, Odessa Chamber of Commerce & Glenn Justice Illustrated book of
Odessa. Photographer unknown.
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