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Wamego Windmill
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
    1897–1983
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Wamego Windmill, 1937
  • Where object was made: Kansas, United States
  • color linocut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 254 x 209.55 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0506.a
Description

Windmill without sails stands alone on a small hill. A leafless tree frames the windmill structure and grows out of the front left foreground.


Built after the manner of mills of Holland was the windmill at Wamego, which has been preserved by appreciative citizens in a little park adjoining Highway U.S. 40. This mill dates back to 1879 when it was built by a Hollander, J.B. Schonhoff, from red sandstone on his farm. It brought to its owner during 20 years of service a profitable income through a custom grinding business.