No trip down Route 66 would be complete without a stop at the Dwight Windmill, in the small town of Dwight, Illinois. Not really a purist Route 66 stop, but we take the half mile or so detour to visit each time we pass.
Built in 1896 as the source of water for the Oughton Estate, the windmill was constructed by U.S. Wind, Engine, and Pump Company of Batavia, Illinois. It originally housed an 88 barrel tank near the top which held the water pumped from a depth of 840 feet below ground.
The windmill is in beautiful condition, owned by the Village of Dwight, and is open to the public.
Posted by Tom Gill at Friday, June 27, 2014