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Fort Ross Windmill - The first windmill built in California

Fort Ross had two windmills, both of which were the first windmill west of Mississippi. The first mill was constructed in 1814, not long after the Russians settled Fort Ross. The second mill was built in 1841. The windmills served two purposes: to grind grain into flour for baking bread for both Settlement Ross and the Russians’ Alaskan settlements, and to power the stamping of local tan bark, used in the hide tanning industry. These were very likely the first windmills west of the Mississippi River.

 Join us once a month for an informal talk about the windmill and its maintenance
Fort Ross Conservancy, 19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450, 707-847-3437

Earlier Event: February 13
FORT ROSS SEAL SURVEY
Later Event: February 27
POLENTA AND BEEF STEW DINNER