Canon Ranch Railroad Eclipse Windmill

The Canon Ranch Railroad Eclipse Windmill is a historic windpump near Sheffield, Texas.

Canon Ranch Railroad Eclipse Windmill
Windmill as seen in 1984
Canon Ranch Railroad Eclipse Windmill
LocationPecos County, Texas, USA
Nearest citySheffield, Texas
Coordinates30°44′44″N 101°58′30″W
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1898 (1898)
Built byWilliam Canon
NRHP reference #77001465[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 22, 1977

The windmill was built in 1898 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1] It is one of only four known to exist and is the only one which is still situated above its original well. It was restored in 2001 by the nationally renowned windmill expert, Jim Collums of Poteet, TX, and his nephew, Woldhagen James.

It is one of few surviving Railroad Eclipse Windmills, which were the largest commercially produced windmills in the U.S. and were used along railway routes in the Southwest. This served as the primary source of water at the headquarters of the Canon Ranch. At 22.5 feet (6.9 m) in diameter, it is the largest size of windmill produce by the Eclipse Company.[2]

See also


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. William L. Cumiford; Paul D. Hutchison (October 11, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Canon Ranch Railroad Eclipse Windmill" (PDF). Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 29, 2018.

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