California's First Windmill

California's First Windmill (HM1LWQ)

Location: Jenner, CA 95450 Sonoma County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 30.932', W 123° 14.696'

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The Russian-American Company grew crops and raised animals at Fort Ross to provide food for their Alaskan Colonies. In 1841, there were two windmills at Fort Ross. Grains, such as wheat, and barley, were ground into flour using millstones.

The Company had three inland farms between Fort Ross and Bodega Bay. However, the cool damp coastal climate and abundance of golfers resulted in insufficient yields. The Company also traded with Spanish and Mexican California to supplement the grain needed for Alaska.
Placed ByCalifornia State Parks
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Date Added Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 478646 N 4263045
Decimal Degrees38.51553333, -123.24493333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 30.932', W 123° 14.696'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 30' 55.92" N, 123° 14' 41.76" W
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Area Code(s)707
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19005 Coast Hwy, Jenner CA 95450, US
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