List of windmills in Illinois

This is a list of traditional windmills in the American state of Illinois.

Location Name of mill
and coordinates
Type Built Notes Photograph
Addison Heidemann Mill
Old Mill
Smock 1868[1] Burnt down 1958[1]
Barrington Siedhoff Mill
Old Dutch Mill
Barrington Roller Flour Mill
1867[2] Burnt down 5 August 1884[2]
Beecher Depner Mill[3]
Bensenville Franzen Mill
Old Flax Mill
1850[4]
Benson Schmidt Brothers Mill
Benson Mill
Smock 1872[5]
Bishop Hill Jansonnist Mill 1848[6]
Bloomingdale Holstein Mill Smock 1872[7] Wrecked by tornado 1899, later demolished.[7]
Bloomington Gridley & Covel Mill[8]
Broadview Jung Mill Smock 1884[9] Standing 1884[9]
Burnt Prairie Clark Mill 1837[10] Standing 1837[10]
Chicago Blooker Mill, World's Columbian Exhibition Smock 1893[11]
Chicago Derelict mill, Worlds Columbian Exhibition Smock 1893 Exhibited with an Aermotor windpump erected on top[11]
Chicago Old Dutch Mill, Century of Progress Exhibition Tower 1933[12] 1934[12]
Chicago Mates Mill, Haymarket Moved at unknown date to Milwaukee Avenue.[13]
Chicago Gray Mill, Milwaukee Ave Demolished 1910.[13]
Chicago Vanden Berg Mill[14]
Chicago McKay Mill 1851[15] Standing 1851.[15]
Des Plaines Jefferson Mill 1841[16]
Elmhurst Fischer Mill
Old Dutch Mill
Mount Emblem Cemetery Mill
Ehlers' Mill
41°55′46″N 87°55′24″W
Smock 1867[17] Closed to the public
Fort de Chartres Lalande Mill 1731[18]
Franklin Grove Lahman Mill Smock 1874[19] Demolished 1900[19]
Fulton De Immigrant
41°52′2″N 90°10′7″W
Smock 2000[20] Open and operational
Geneva Fabyan Mill
41°52′17″N 88°18′21″W
Smock 1915[21] Tallest windmill in Illinois, open and operational.[21]
Glen Ellyn Glen Ellyn Mill Burnt down prior to 1855.[22]
Golden Prairie Mills
40°6′22.2″N 91°0′56″W
Smock 1873[23] Open and operational
Golden Franzen's Old Mill Smock 1854[24] Demolished 1934[24]
Golden Gronewold Mill 1865[25]
Gridley Franzen Brothers Mill 1872[26]
Hampshire Rinn Mill
Holland Mill
Smock 1875[27] 1883[27]
Industry Swearingen Windmill 1927-1930?[28] Never functional. Built as restaurant attraction in the late 1920s. Still standing.
Kaskasia Jesuit Mill 1711[29]
Kentucky Milburn Mill Wrecked by a storm prior to 1789[30]
Lake Zurich Lake Zurich Mill 1850s[31] Demolished in 1858[31]
Matteson Matteson Mill Smock 1870s[32]
Monee Schroeder Mill
Monee Mill
Smock Standing in 1910[33]
Nebraska Township Sauer Mill 1869[26] Moved to Gridley 1872[26]
Palatine Jahnke Mill 1879[34] Standing in 1894[34]
Peoria Du Sable Mill 1691[35] Standing in 1773[35]
Peoria Maillet Mill 1778[36]
Peotone Peotone Mill
41°19′55″N 87°47′49″W
Smock 1872 Closed, awaiting restoration
Polo Brand Mill 1850s[37] Damaged by a tornado, date unknown[37]
St Joseph St Joseph Mill[38]
Schiller Park Brockman Mill
Des Plaines Mill
Park Ridge Mill
Old Dutch Mill
Smock 1870[39] Demolished 1920s[39]
Somonauk Somonauk Mill[40] Smock
Tinley Park Bartels Mill
Old Mill
New Bremen Mill
Smock 1873[41] Demolished 1911[41]
Urbana Phillipe Mill[42]
Winnetka Old Mill Farm Mill[43] Smock
York Township Smock 1875[21] Dismantled 1914, re-erected at Geneva 1915[21]
Unknown location Smock[44]

Notes

Known building dates are in bold text. Non-bold text denotes first recorded date. Iron windpumps are outside the scope of this list unless listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

References

  1. "Heidemann Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  2. "Siedhoff Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  3. "Depner Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  4. "Franzen Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  5. "Schmidt Brothers Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  6. "Jansonnist Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  7. "Holstein Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  8. "Gridley & Covel Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  9. "Jung Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  10. "Clark Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  11. "Windmills at the Columbian Exposition of 1893". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  12. "Windmill at the Century of Progress Fair of 1934". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  13. "Gray Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  14. "Vanden Berg Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  15. "McKay Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  16. "Jefferson Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  17. "Fischer Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  18. "Lalande Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  19. "Lahman Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  20. "De Immigrant Windmill". City of Fulton, Illinois. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  21. "Fabyan Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  22. "(Unnamed Windmill)". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  23. "The Prairie Mills Windmill". Golden Historical Society. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  24. "Custom Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  25. "Gronewold Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  26. "Franzen Brothers Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  27. "Rinn Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  28. "Swearingen Windmill, Industry, Illinois".
  29. "Jesuit Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  30. "Milburn Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  31. "(Unnamed Windmill)". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  32. "(Unnamed Windmill)". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  33. "Schroeder Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  34. "Jahnke Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  35. "Du Sable Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  36. "Maillet Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  37. "Brand Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  38. "(Unnamed Windmill)". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  39. "Brockman Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  40. "(Unnamed Windmill)". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  41. "Bartels Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  42. "Phillipe Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  43. "Old Mill Farm Windmill". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  44. "(Unnamed Windmill)". Illinois Windmills. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
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