1. Model Train System
Based off of the West Texas landscape this model train system is an exact replica of the towns Tulia, Lubbock, Tahoka and Post from the 1950s. The G-scale trains include those designed for freight and passengers, along with a Barnum and Bailey circus-themed train and a Thomas the Train. A bit larger than the typical Christmas village train set, the system contains a quarter-mile of train tracks. The course wraps around the building and to the top of it, then turns around–taking a total of 36 minutes (4,000 feet of train tracks to be exact).
2. Miniature Houses
Dozens of miniature houses and scenes from varying time periods are also on display in the new building. These houses were built, completed and donated by Alta Reeds. You’ll marvel at the precise detail in each of the houses along with the creativity demonstrated by Ms. Reeds.
3. 1970s Wind Engine Turbine
This electric-producing wind turbine was manufactured in Lubbock in the 1970s. This model is interactive, and with the push of a button, it will run through a complete blade pitching cycle.
4. Grist Stones
Guests can also enjoy viewing a collection of dozens of grist stones from the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. Usually gray, heavy and round, grist stones were used to grind grains into flour and similar products. Each stone in the exhibit is documented with an individual history.
Also, included in the new building is a separate area to host meetings for those wishing to add a little Lubbock spice to an ordinary meeting or event. What better way to wow attendees than showing them the largest collection of windmills in the world, 4,000 feet of train tracks and more?
Don’t just take our word for it; be sure to make it out to the American Windmill Museum’s new Wind Energy Experience building, where you’ll learn so much about wind power, the history of the Lubbock area and so much more.
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