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~Wind Driven~
Homestead National Monument, NE

Windmills played an important role in the lives of early homesteaders in the 1800's across the western United States. Used to pump water from deep in the ground they provided not only drinking water but the essential means for irrigating crops. Today, the skeletal remains of their worn metal sails and wooden shaft stand as ghostly silhouettes against the horizon. The Dempster Annu-Oiled No. 12 windmill was perhaps the most widely sold windmill in west until the mid-1930's. To recognize the historical importance of these devices to the growth of the American West, this windmill was photographed in black and white using an all-wooden "Seneca" medium format film camera manufactured in 1907.