Danish WIndmill Falls Into Disrepair

Eve Sherrill York By Eve Sherrill York, 4th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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About a windmill in western Iowa that has fallen into disrepair.

Western Iowa Windmill Falls Into Disrepair

One of the popular tour spots in western Iowa is the friendly little town of Elk Horn which is home to the Danish windmill and the nearby Danish Immigrant Museum. The only authentic windmill in the United States was purchased from Noree Snede, Denmark and shipped to Iowa in 1976. Reconstructed piece by piece with the help of 300 volunteers it has been the joy of Elk Horn for over 35 years.

Recently its manager, Lisa Riggs, noticed that the 168 year old windmill didn't sound right. Something was wrong. The extreme weather of the area had caused the giant sails to shift. Residents of the area thought it was an odd sight to not have the blades going around as they had for so many years.

Although it had been featured in two documentaries that were broadcast overseas and brought hundreds of tourists the residents of the little town worry that without getting the mill running again it could mean a grave drop in revenues. Thousands of tourists annually visit the area to enjoy the Danish culture and the mill has been a popular highlight.

A sum of between $25,000 to $100,000 is needed to make the repair and because of the documentaries over 250 Danish have donated $10,500 to the cause. A Danish chef also filmed his show in the area which also added money toward this repair. So the town is seeing progress toward the repair being accomplished.

Another interesting structure nearby is the exact replica of a Viking Smithy structure and depicts life during the Dark Ages in Northern Europe. The VikingHjem, which means home, was a project of the Danish Mill Corporation Board of Directors and was finished in 2008.

The Danish Wind Mill's gift shop features the largest collection of Danish blue plates and collectibles in the country. It is located at 4038 Main Street and the number is 712-764-7472. Visit the website:



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author avatar Carol Roach
5th Mar 2015 (#)

I hope they get the funds to fix it up

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
5th Mar 2015 (#)

I hope so too.

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