January 21, 1999
Declared "Windmill Day in Hansford County"

Mayor Burl Buchanan proclaimed January 21, 1999 as "Windmill Day in Hansford County" to mark the relocation of the World Famous J.B. Buchanan Windmill Collection to its present location at the entrance to Spearman on Highway 207 S.  The following pictures tell a small part of the day's festivities.


Mr. J.B. Buchanan (center), Mayor Burl Buchanan (R), and grandson Roger Buchanan (L) standing in front of the newly raised late 1800 Eclipse

A team of Belgian horses bring in the windmill
J.B's son Burl, the mayor of Spearman, proclaimed January 21, 1999, as "Windmill Day in Hansford County".  The day was set aside to honor J.B. and his gift to the county and to raise the first windmill, a late 1800 Eclipse.  The ceremony began with the reading of the Windmill Proclamation.  Members of the Texas Inter-Tribal Indian Organization told of the legend of the Origin of the Wind Spirit and asked for the blessings of the Four Winds.  Then  J.B., shovel in hand, marked the spot where the century-old mill was to be raised by a team of four Belgian draft horses.  The emotion in the quivering voices of three generations spread to the crowd of nearly 400, including Hansford County's school children, as they watched in reverence and awe.


US Congressman Larry Combest
presents J.B. with the US flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington D.C. on Windmill Day in Hansford County
State Senator Teel Bivins
presents Roger Buchanan with the US Flag that flew over the Texas State Capitol on 
Windmill Day in Hansford County

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