1870 windmills 
brought water to west Texas
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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