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Top 4 Must-Sees at New Wind Energy Experience

The American Wind Power Center recently unveiled its new Wind Energy Experience building, a 33,000-square-foot building equipped with new exhibits and displays. The main purpose of the new exhibit is to educate visitors on the history and relationship of trains and windmills. In fact, one of the main features in the new building is a G-scale train exhibit. You’ll also find a few windmills on display, as well as an impressive collection of miniature houses. Here’s a list of must-sees at the new Wind Energy Experience:

1. Model Train System

Based off of the West Texas landscape this model train system is an exact replica of the towns Tulia, Lubbock, Tahoka and Post from the 1950s. The G-scale trains include those designed for freight and passengers, along with a Barnum and Bailey circus-themed train and a Thomas the Train. A bit larger than the typical Christmas village train set, the system contains a quarter-mile of train tracks. The course wraps around the building and to the top of it, then turns around–taking a total of 36 minutes (4,000 feet of train tracks to be exact).

Portion of the G-scale train display

Portion of the G-scale train display

2. Miniature Houses

Dozens of miniature houses and scenes from varying time periods are also on display in the new building. These houses were built, completed and donated by Alta Reeds. You’ll marvel at the precise detail in each of the houses along with the creativity demonstrated by Ms. Reeds.

Houses looking at houses

3. 1970s Wind Engine Turbine

This electric-producing wind turbine was manufactured in Lubbock in the 1970s. This model is interactive, and with the push of a button, it will run through a complete blade pitching cycle.

4. Grist Stones

Guests can also enjoy viewing a collection of dozens of grist stones from the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. Usually gray, heavy and round, grist stones were used to grind grains into flour and similar products. Each stone in the exhibit is documented with an individual history.

grist stones

Grist Stone Display

Also, included in the new building is a separate area to host meetings for those wishing to add a little Lubbock spice to an ordinary meeting or event. What better way to wow attendees than showing them the largest collection of windmills in the world, 4,000 feet of train tracks and more?

Don’t just take our word for it; be sure to make it out to the American Wind Power Center’s new Wind Energy Experience building, where you’ll learn so much about wind power, the history of the Lubbock area and so much more.

Fast Facts

  • Location: 1701 Canyon Lake Drive
  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday: 2 – 5 p.m. (May – September), Closed Monday
  • Phone: 806.747.8734
  • Website: www.windmill.com