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Model windmill, West Houlton, 1865

Model windmill, West Houlton, 1865

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Maine Historical Society

John A. Hubbard (1820-1893) of West Houlton worked as a millwright, farmer, and cabinetmaker. He invented this improved design for a horizontal windmill in 1865 and registered his invention with the U.S. Patent office.

Hubbard’s invention includes a second wheel to help regulate the speed at which the mill turns. This demonstration model includes a reciprocating saw.


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