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Batavia Industries
WINDMILLS
LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF BATAVIA INDUSTRIES

Nearly from its beginning, Batavia was an industrial city. Farm implement and windmill factories provided employment for many. The first products manufactured in Batavia (flour, ice, lumber, paper, stone) found markets in Chicago.

Batavia’s significant industries are identified with the following Categories. Click any category from the menu above for the history and involvement of companies from Batavia.

WINDMILLS ALONG THE RIVERWALK

Several original Batavia manufactured windmills have been located, purchased, renovated, and erected along the Batavia Riverwalk.

The Model E windmill displayed on the Riverwalk, is patriotically depicted in red, white, and blue colors so often favored by the U.S. Wind Engine & Pump Company. The wood that forms the red tower-within-a-tower was cut from telephone poles in order to support the massive fourteen-foot diameter solid-wheel design wooden wheel.

The Riverwalk exhibit currently has seven examples of Batavia manufactured windmills. Most manufacturers are represented with a selection of Models and dates of production. All of the windmills are accompanied by a plaque with the history of the manufacturer and the particular model represented. Come take a walk on the Batavia Riverwalk to see these beauties operating as the day they were first erected.

Challenge Workshop

Challenge Workshop

Batavia-Depot-Museum

On the Riverwalk

WINDMILLS OF THE RIVERWALK

Halliday Vaneless Windmill – circa 1880-1890
Donated by the Swanson Family in Memory of Aurthur Swanson

Challenge Vaneless “Model 1913” Windmill

Challenge “OK” Model Windmill – manufactured from 1885-1914

Challenge Steel Windmill – manufactured from 1906-1927

Goodhue Special Windmill – manufactured from 1902-1927

Model “E” Windmill – first invented in 1867

Challenge 27 Windmill – manufactured from 1927-1942

Challenge Windmill

Challenge Windmill

Farm Show Display

Farm Show Display

Challenge Tail

Challenge Windmill Tail

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