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Still Turning: A History of Aermotor Windmills - Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities (Hardback)
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Still Turning: A History of Aermotor Windmills - Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 30/09/2015
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The Aermotor Windmill Company, which commenced operations in Chicago in 1888, is the nation's sole remaining full-time manufacturer of water-pumping machines. The company's imprint on rural America, particularly across the West, is still visible today in the tens of thousands of its windmills that bring water to the earth's surface. Still Turning is the first book to explore the rise of the American windmill through the experience of this important company.

Aermotor founder La Verne Noyes and engineer Thomas Perry developed and perfected the all-metal wind pump in the 1880s. Within a decade, the "mathematical windmill" began to dominate the market. Aermotor continued to expand and innovate.

The ruggedness and simplicity of the American mechanical windmill has allowed it to outlast many newer water-pumping technologies over the years with minimal maintenance and oversight.

Christopher C. Gillis traces this story and more, from the early days of the company to Aermotor's present-day relevance as it continues to produce its iconic windmills. Still Turning is a significant contribution not only to the history of wind power but also to the history of American enterprise.

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
ISBN: 9781623493356
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Chris Gillis s new book Still Turning A history of Aermotor Windmills begins with the Mathematical Wheel. Once the steel wheel of the Aermotor was designed and first used in 1888, its basic design has never changed in over 120 years. It like building a hammer, you can t make it any better.
Gillis has used extensive historic and hard to find resources in his new book Still Turning A history of Aermotor Windmills. His style is easy to read and his facts are backed with original documents found in private collections.
Chris has written a well documented, easy to read history of America s largest windmill company. It is a must reference for anyone who owns an Aermotor windmill." Coy F. Harris, Executive Director, American Wind Power Center--Coy F. Harris (06/05/2015)"
Christopher Gillis has written the first-ever full history of the Aermotor windmill, one of the best-known visual symbols of the American West. Any readers interested in the region will find the book to be a must read choice. T. Lindsay Baker, author, A Field Guide to American Windmills--T. Lindsay Baker"
"Chris Gillis s new book Still Turning: A History of Aermotor Windmills begins with the 'Mathematical Wheel.' Once the steel wheel of the Aermotor was designed and first used in 1888, its basic design has never changed in over 120 years. It like building a hammer, you can t make it any better. . . Gillis has used extensive historic and hard-to-find resources in his new book Still Turning: A History of Aermotor Windmills. His style is easy to read and his facts are backed with original documents found in private collections. . . Chris has written a well-documented, easy-to-read history of America s largest windmill company. It is a 'must' reference for anyone who owns an Aermotor windmill." Coy F. Harris, executive director, American Wind Power Center--Coy F. Harris (06/05/2015)"
"Christopher Gillis has written the first-ever full history of the Aermotor windmill, one of the best-known visual symbols of the American West. Any readers interested in the region will find the book to be a 'must read' choice."--T. Lindsay Baker, author, A Field Guide to American Windmills--T. Lindsay Baker
"Chris Gillis's new book Still Turning: A History of Aermotor Windmills begins with the 'Mathematical Wheel.' Once the steel wheel of the Aermotor was designed and first used in 1888, its basic design has never changed in over 120 years. It like building a hammer, you can't make it any better. . . Gillis has used extensive historic and hard-to-find resources in his new book Still Turning: A History of Aermotor Windmills. His style is easy to read and his facts are backed with original documents found in private collections. . . Chris has written a well-documented, easy-to-read history of America's largest windmill company. It is a 'must' reference for anyone who owns an Aermotor windmill." -- Coy F. Harris, executive director, American Wind Power Center--Coy F. Harris (06/05/2015)

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