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Victoria Grist Windmill
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Victoria Grist Windmill in 2008.
Victoria Grist Windmill is located in Texas
Location: Victoria, Texas
Coordinates: 28°48′4″N 97°00′5″W / 28.80111°N 97.00139°W / 28.80111; -97.00139Coordinates: 28°48′4″N 97°00′5″W / 28.80111°N 97.00139°W / 28.80111; -97.00139
Built/Founded: 1870
Architect: Wittke,F.G.; Feik,Otto
Architectural style(s): Other
Governing body: City of Victoria, Parks & Recreation Dept.
Added to NRHP: April 30, 1976
NRHP Reference#: 76002079


Victoria Grist Windmill is an historic gristmill in Memorial Square in Victoria, Texas, United States. The windmill was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 1976 and became a American Society of Mechanical Engineers Landmark in May, 1991.

The windmill was built in 1870 and is probably the last remaining windmill of European design in the Southwestern United States. Standing 35 feet high and supporting four 15-foot blades, the Dutch turret-mill style windmill was constructed by German immigrant Fred Meiss, Jr. and Otto Fiek near Spring Creek. The turret-style allowed the top to be turned so the sails face the wind. The millstones were made in Europe and shipped through the port of Indianola. The stones were capable of grinding 500 pounds of cornmeal a week. The walls of the mill are constructed of wooden logs and covered with shakes. In 1935, the Victoria Grist Windmill was moved from its earlier location (west of Victoria) to Memorial Square.[2][3]




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