Portales windmills to be moved throughout year

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File photo Bill and Alta Dalley said they are excited about their windmill collection being moved to the Portales fairgrounds, but they will miss people stopping by for pictures of the collection. Moving the windmills is going to surpass the originally quoted $10,000, but the project was budgeted for $25,000, according to County Manager Charlene […]

Our people: Windmill man

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Courtesy photo Portales resident Bill Dalley enjoyed his near 25 years as a school counselor. Portales resident Bill Dalley has delved into his retirement hobby of restoring antique windmills. He has restored 80 for himself and 25 for others. Sometimes, moving or repairing a windmill became a family project, needing multiple trucks and trailers to […]

Windmills headed for history

When we see a windmill we think “ranch.” This iconic equipment, without doubt, has made ranching possible in the arid Southwest as well as other parts of our nation. I’m one of those ranch kids who tied my horse to the metal windmill frame and piled into the drinking tub’s water for a little fun. […]

Day trip: Windmill collection on display

Cannon Connections Photo: Carrie Pendleton The Dalley Windmill Collection in Portales is home to more than 80 windmills. Visitors can check out the collection during daylight hours at no charge. Place: Dalley Windmill Collection Location: The collection is located on the personal property of owner Bill Dalley. The address is 1506 S. Kilgore Ave. in […]

Couple looking to part with windmill collection

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Bill Dalley looks over a guest book stationed near the windmills on his property in Portales. Visitors from across the U.S. as well as some from Germany, Brazil and Australia have stopped in to take in the 85 antique windmills. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Some collections, like stamps […]

Machinist preserves icon

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De Baca County News photo: Scot Stinnett Derrill Mitchell has parts ready for a new windmill to be erected near Las Vegas, N.M. The project was delayed by 12 inches of snow in the area. By Shaminder Dulai: The Associated Press FORT SUMNER — It’s hard to imagine the American frontier without a windmill poking […]

Center offers mind-blowing entertainment

The “most comprehensive collection of historic windmills in the world” awaits visitors at the American Wind Power Center in Lubbock, according to the center’s Web site. Coy Harris, the center’s executive director, said 92 windmills dating back to the 1870’s are housed inside a large building on the property and 50 windmills stand on property […]

Day trips: Get blown away by windmill museum in Lubbock

Compiled by William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers The “most comprehensive collection of historic windmills in the world” awaits visitors at the American Wind Power Center in Lubbock, according to the center’s Web site. Coy Harris, the center’s executive director, said 92 windmills dating back to the 1870’s are housed inside a large building on the […]

Restoration of old windmill gives a glimpse of history

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Bill Dalley stands next to his latest windmill, a 14-foot Eclipse, at his outdoor museum in Portales. Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson. Michelle Seeber: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With all the wind that blows in eastern New Mexico, it is no wonder that windmills were a factor in the settling of Roosevelt County. Before the invention […]