CLEAN ENERGY– Sustainability is wired to the DNA of Boston. The birthplace of America is on a mission that began with a windmill.

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WINDMILL HILL (the predecessor to  the site of Boston’s second largest burying ground, otherwise known as Copp’s Hill)– was the site of the first working windmill erected in Boston.

‘Puritan Picnics’ occupied the vicinity around the Windmill– a place of promenade and recreation for the early settlers, similar to the leisurely style of Roman imperial baths. At the turn of the century, the windmill was destructed and a mansion was built. Windmill Hill became Snow Hill- a transformation recorded by old city archives account as-

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“This was the first windmill erected in the colony. These old windmills, in the days, in the days when corn was legal tender, were useful servants to the community, and were a feature of the landscape. Winthrop records a mill built on Windmill Point in 1636, and three others were put up by 1650. After Boston had become a city, the two last surviving windmills still stood on Windmill Point. The “south” and “north” mills were accordingly constructed on the shore of the Mill Pond; and others gradually followed, including later a saw mill and a chocolate mill.” (Topographical Description of Boston, Shurtleff)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Windmills were fine for grinding corn and grain, at least when the wind blew. Industrial turbines, like the monsters the power company developer wants on Nantucket Sound, are the greatest con going. They are costly, inefficient, and so unreliable they require back-up fossil-fueled power plants. They are unprofitable are only built thanks to gigantic taxpayer and ratepayer hand-outs to wealthy con artists. Check out what’s happening in the blog by The WindAction Group, which presents
    facts, analysis, exposure of industrial wind energy’s real impacts, http://www.windAction.org

    • I clicked on about 20 of the articles linked in the WindAction.org website. Not a single one was from a peer reviewed scientific journal. In fact, every one I saw was a newspaper article, and the majority were opinion pieces. Although highly unlikely, what you say might be true. However, nothing at windaction.org proves it.

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