Summer. The time when most folks take vacations, family reunions are held, and one can stay up late relaxing with a cool lemonade.
Not so for farmers. This is the time of year when our money is made. We can’t just take off to “play” when there’s hay to be mowed, or raked, or baled. Family reunions are missed, and lemonade is drunk to wash down a quick bite to eat before heading back out to bale lest rain ruins the hay.
Tucked in amidst the long days and nights of work there are a few days when a breather can be taken. This summer we decided we will be tourists in our own town. So this begins a series of post chronicling our staying home.
We decided to do a little geocaching at the windmill. We found the exact coordinates but no cache. We think it was stolen. There are so many hunters that come through here. It was fun to get out in the beautiful weather though. Mr. Ferrer Rocher decided to start the windmill to see if any water would come up. No luck!
As you can see from this survey tag, the windmill was owned by Miller & Lux, the largest cattle operation in the west during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It was said they could drive their cattle from Canada to Mexico without ever leaving their land. These windmills are mostly on BLM ground now but are still used by ranchers for their range cattle.
You can read more about Miller and Lux here, here, and here. Jesse Wilkinson was a cowboy that worked for Miller and Lux so that site has really neat old photos.