Baker Gilchrist Windmill at Nelson Farm
The Baker/Gilchrist windmill at Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum in Oskaloosa came down on Tuesday morning. It was lowered by the Shelter Construction Company crew who will rebuild a new structure from the old pattern. The windmill was showing signs of deterioration after the long cold winter and the Mahaska County Iowa Farm Bureau Federation generously stepped in to finance the restoration.
The windmill originally stood on the Baker Farm and was over a century old. The Aermotor mill head dates from 1933 and was donated from the Gilchrist farm. Together these have made an iconic presence at the Mahaska County Historical Society site.
The repairs should be completed by June and the mill back in place. The repairs will restore the mill and pump to working condition which will fill the stock tank by the old Nelson White Barn on the property.
Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum is open May through September for visitors to explore the history of Mahaska County and agriculture. For additional information and programs visit the website at nelsonpioneer.org.