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Texas Windmill on the Texas Salt Grass Prairie - HWW!!!
WINDMILLS. Before the introduction of windmills to Texas, inhabitable land was confined to areas where a constant water supply was available. There was no way for vast areas to be settled without a life-giving supply of water. The coming of the windmill made it possible to pump water from beneath the ground, and soon whole new areas of the state were opened up to settlers. The first windmills in Texas were of the European style, built by Dutch and German immigrants for grinding meal and powering light industry. What Texans needed most, however, was a windmill that pumped water. Because of its bulk and need for constant attention, the European windmill was impractical for this purpose. The solution to this problem came in 1854, when Daniel Halladay (Hallady or Halliday) built the first American windmill in Ellington, Connecticut. He added to his mill a vane, or "tail," as it was called by Texas cowhands, that functioned to direct the wheel into the wind. The wheel was a circle of wood slats radiating from a horizontal shaft and set at angles to the wind, designed so that centrifugal force would slow it in high winds; thus, the machine was self-regulating and operated unattended. Its simple direct-stroke energy converter consisted of only a shaft and a small fly wheel to which the sucker rod was pinned. This compact mechanism was mounted on a four-legged wood tower that could be constructed over a well in one day. Railroad companies immediately recognized windmills as an inexpensive means of providing water for steam engines and for attracting settlers to semi-arid regions through which they planned to lay track. In 1860 the Houston Tap and Brazoria Railway purchased the right to manufacture and use James Mitchell's "Wind Wheel" on its right-of-way from Houston to Wharton. By 1873 the windmill had become an important supplier of water for railways, small towns where there were no public water systems, and small farms. Many of the very early mills were crude, inefficient, homemade contraptions. One of the popular makeshift mills was a wagon wheel with slats nailed around it to catch the wind, mounted on half an axle. The axle was fastened securely to a post erected beside the well. A sucker rod was pinned to the edge of the hub. It was stationary and worked only when the wind blew in the right direction. The windmills used later on the big ranches were the more dependable factory-made windmills. By 1900 windmills were a common sight in Texas. Inhabitable land was no longer limited to regions with a natural water supply. The windmill made the most remote areas habitable. The last major development in the windmill came in 1915. A housing that needed to be filled with oil only once a year was built around the mill's gears. This relieved the range rider of his biweekly greasing chores and somewhat diminished the windmiller's job. Because of the dependability of this improved windmill, worries over water shortages were eased for the rancher, farmer, and rural dweller. This mill was the prime supplier of water in rural Texas until 1930, when electric and gasoline pumps began to be widely used. Though Texas became the largest user of windmills in the United States, there were never more than three active manufacturers of windmills in Texas at one time. Only two Texas manufacturers, the Axtell Company in Fort Worth and the San Antonio Machine and Supply Company, produced windmills on a large scale. The last water-pumping windmill patented in the United States, however, was invented by a native Texan, W. W. Welborn, in 1951, in the small southwestern town of Carrizo Springs. The King Ranch in the late 1960s kept 262 mills running continuously and 100 complete spares in stock. The XIT Ranch in the Texas Panhandle at one time had 335 functioning windmills. Stocking spare mills is a common practice among ranchers who depend on the windmill to supply water for cattle in remote pastures. Because the windmill has been confined for the most part to remote areas, it has become a symbol of a lonely and primitive life, fitting for the pioneer Texans it first served. Aermotor Windmill has a very interesting 118 year business history. However, one simple truth stands undiminished by time or geography. Aermotor Windmill has continuously manufactured windmills since 1888 and is the only windmill manufacturer in the USA. In 1986 Aermotor was purchased by an investor group and moved to San Angelo, Texas. The name was changed to Aermotor Windmill Corporation. See: www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/aow01 andwww.aermotorwindmill.com/company/9-company-related/12-his...
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Zones: 7-10 Felder Rushing, coauthor of Passalong Plants, says that four-o-clocks are a "can't fail perennial." Gardeners in colder climates utilize them as annuals, but in most of the South they develop fleshy tubers that seem to last forever. Hortus Third says that these tubers can weigh as much as 40 pounds in warm climates.
Dr. Alice Le Duc, now at Duke University, did her doctoral thesis on four-o'clocks and found that they were cultivated and selected for various colors by the Aztecs many years prior to the Spanish Conquest. They were sent to Spain from Mexico in the 1500's and to England within 75 years. The plant had been in cultivation in Europe for about 200 years before Linnaeus first described the species in 1753. The specimens he described were those of cultivated plants. Although often found in Mexico and the South on old garden sites, this species is no longer found in the wild in Mexico.
Four-o'clocks are lush and bushy to three feet. the tubular flowers bloom in irridescent purple, white, red, yellow and striped. Their name derives from the fact that their flowers open in the late afternoon and stay open until the next morning, except on cloudy days when they open earlier. The fragrance of four-o'clocks is appealing, and is a major reason for their popularity. They also attract hummingbirds and moths to the garden.
Four-o'clocks are very heat and drought tolerant. They flower well in the sun or fairly dense shade. I remember visiting a cemetery on a ranch near Yoakum, Texas, where four-0'clocks were the only reminder of a once well-tended plot. They had escaped the small fenced area under a great live oak tree and were happily flowering in profusion during the hottest time of our summer.
Thomas Jefferson grew what he referred to as the "fragrant Marvel of Peru" at Monticello, where he also cultivated M. longiflora, a creamy-white flowering species native to West Texas and Mexico. A few years ago, while working with Peggy Cornett, Director of the Historic Plant Collection at Monticello, we were able to provide seeds of this plant to Monticello. It is once again growing there and is available through their mail order catalog.
Four-o'clocks may be easily started from seed or tubers. In colder parts of the country the tubers may be dug in the fall and stored until spring. They tend to produce a great deal of seed and can become pests, although the young seedlings are easily pulled or hoed. One year, I planted a number of magenta colored four-o'clocks at our farm and they had reseeded prolifically by early fall, covering an area about 6' x 20.' It was an unusually dry year and the young plants received no irrigation. They were wilted and stunted until the first good fall rain when they miraculously freshened and covered themselves with flowers in just a few days. They were as showy as azaleas for that period, and I had a new appreciation for their old name "Marvel of Peru."
It is great to see my friend get to the final at Bristol, TN
It wasn't a perfect weekend for Tim Wilkerson, but it was good enough to propel the Ford Funny Car driver prominently back into the fight for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Championship.
After posting career best numbers during Friday qualifying for the 14th annual Ford Thunder Valley Nationals (4.013 seconds at 317.72 miles per hour), Wilkerson showed off his hot weather tuning skills Sunday before his Levi, Ray and Shoup Mustang dropped a couple of cylinders and fell back in a final round loss to the Dodge of Tommy Johnson Jr.
It was the versatile 53-year-old's first final round appearance in more than a year and it put him back in the Top 10 in Mello Yello Series points at a time when jostling for positions in the NHRA's Countdown to the Champion has begun to intensify. Wilkerson, who started the day 11th, moved up to ninth and within three racing rounds (60 points) of fifth.
"We were fighting some ignition issues a little bit all day," acknowledged the 17-time tour winner. "We started it up a couple of times (leading up to the final round) and finally just ran out of time. We saw something when we got up there and made an adjustment, but it still went out and dropped not one, but two cylinders at once on the left side.
"The car will make a move when you drop a hole (like that)," he said, "but dropping two practically makes it take a left turn and it was either lift - or hit the wall."
Despite the improved results, Wilkerson couldn't hide his disappointment after losing in the final round for the second time in the last five years at Thunder Valley and, in the process, failing to bring to an end a winless streak that now has reached 67 races. The owner, crew chief and driver of the L-R-S Mustang last won at tour event on August 7, 2011 at Seattle, Wash
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How does this even get past the planning phase?
Should have measured twice!
Apparently, you don’t want anyone seeing your face,
but everything else is okay?
The oak seat is a nice touch, though.
And the purpose for the door is?
This stall is for people that have arms like an Orangutan..
This would be the “half bath” noted in the real estate listing?
Very Classy! And, only three steps when you’re in a hurry!
AND THE PLUMBER OF THE YEARAWARD GOES TO…
ALL OF THESE PLUMBERS ARE THANKFULLYNO LONGER IN THE BUSINESS.THEY HAVE SADLY BEEN ELECTED TO PUBLIC OFFICEAND NOW SERVE IN VARIOUS POSITIONS IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.
WHAT IS TRUTH. WERE CAN ONE GET THE REAL FACTS NOW DAYS.Subject: SNOPES---"NO MORE!"Many of the email's that I have sent or forwarded that had any anti Obama in it were negated by Snopes. I thought that was odd. Check this out.Shades of Krystalnacht, Snopes, Soros and the Supreme Court's Kagan. We-l-l-l-l now, I guess the time has come to check out Snopes! Ya' don't suppose it might not be a good time to take a second look at some of the stuff that got kicked in the ditch by Snopes, do ya'?We've known that it was owned by a lefty couple but hadn't known it to be financed by Soros!Snopes is heavily financed by George Soros, a big time supporter of Obama and many other left wing organizations! In our Search for the truth department, we find what I have suspected on manyoccasions.I went to Snopes to check something about the dockets of the new Supreme Court Justice. Elena Kagan, who Obama appointed, and Snopes said the email was false and there were no such dockets.So I Googled the Supreme Court, typed in Obama-Kagan, and guess what?Yep, you got it; Snopes Lied! Everyone of those dockets are there.So Here is what I wrote to Snopes:Referencing the article about Elana Kagan and Barak Obama dockets:The information you have posted stating that there were no such cases as claimed and the examples you gave are blatantly false.I went directly to the Supreme Courts website, typed in Obama Kagan and immediately came up with all of thedockets that the article made reference to.I have long suspected that you really slant things but this was really shocking.Thank You. I hope you will be much more truthful in the future, but I doubt it.That being said, Ill bet you didn't know this.Kagan was representing Obama in all the petitions to prove his citizenship.Folks, this is really ugly. Chicago Politics at its best and the beat goes on and on and on.Once again the US Senate sold us out!Now we know why Obama nominated Elana Kagan for the Supreme Court. Pull up the Supreme Courts website, go to the docket and search for Obama.She was the Solicitor General for all the suits against him filed withthe Supreme Court to show proof of natural born citizenship. He owed her big time. All of the requests were denied of course. They were never heard.It just keeps getting deeper and deeper, doesn't it? The American people mean nothing any longer. It's all about payback time for those who compromised themselves to elect someone who really has no true right to even be there.Here are some websites of the Supreme Court Docket: You can look up some of these hearings and guess what? Elana Kagan is the attorney representing Obama!Check out these examples:http://www.supremecourt.gov/
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