Aermotor Windmill Company
|Headquarters||San Angelo, United States|
|Products||Windmills, wind-powered water pumps|
The Aermotor Windmill Company, or Aermotor Company, is an American manufacturer of wind-powered water pumps. The widespread use of their distinctive wind pumps on ranches throughout the arid plains and deserts of the United States has made their design a quintessential image of the American West.
The company also manufactured galvanized steel fire lookout towers including a "7 x 7" model which supported a 7 by 7 feet (2.1 m × 2.1 m) steel cab at heights from 35 feet (11 m) to 175 feet (53 m). Hundreds of this model were in use in the southeastern U.S.; a dozen survived in the Northwestern U.S. in 1984.
La Verne Noyes, founder of Aermotor Windmill Company, had hired engineer Thomas O. Perry for a different job but saw the potential of the all-metal windpump developed by Perry after extensive experiments. The first Aermotor was sold in 1888, with 24 windmills in total being sold in the first year. Aermotor soon became a strong competitor among its contemporaries selling over 20,000 of its windmills by 1892. Over the next 30 years Aermotor grew and expanded, introducing accessories and variants on "the mathematical windmill."
La Verne Noyes died in 1919. He left the Aermotor Company to a tax paying trust, with 48 colleges and universities as beneficiaries.
During the latter part of the century ownership of the Aermotor Company changed hands and had its operation moved and expanded to new venues, including the country of Argentina; Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Brentwood, Missouri; and Conway, Arkansas. By 1981, 80% of all windmills manufactured in The United States had their genesis in Conway. In 1998 Aermotor was purchased by Kees Verheul, as owner and president. It now operates from a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) facility in San Angelo, Texas. In 2006, the company was purchased by a group of West Texas ranchers, and the name restored to its original from 1888..."The Aermotor Company".
Besides the production of windmills from 6 to 16 feet (1.8 to 4.9 m) tall, Aermotor also produces the towers on which a windmill sits. Four post towers come in steel (ranging from 21 to 60 feet or 6.4 to 18.3 meters tall) and wood (from 14 to 37 feet or 4.3 to 11.3 meters tall). Aermotor also produces and helps in procurement of the pump assembly and drilling.
List of Aermotor Fire Towers and Windmills on the National Register of Historic Places
- Arab Mountain Fire Observation Station, Arab Mountain Piercefield, New York
- Azure Mountain Fire Observation Station, Azure Mountain Waverly, New York
- Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Observation Station, Balsam Lake Mountain Hardenburgh, New York
- Blue Mountain Fire Observation Station, Blue Mountain Indian Lake, New York
- Hadley Mountain Fire Observation Station, Hadley Mountain Hadley, New York
- Hurricane Mountain Fire Observation Station, Hurricane Mountain Summit Keene, New York
- John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, California
- Kane Mountain Fire Observation Station, Kane Mountain Caroga, New York
- Lake Mountain Lookout, Lake Mountain, Lakeside, Arizona
- Loon Lake Mountain Fire Observation Station, Summit of Loon Lake Mountain Franklin, New York
- McKenzie Windmill, TN 58 Georgetown, Tennessee
- Mount Adams Fire Observation Station, Mount Adams Newcomb, New York
- Mount Tremper Fire Observation Station, Mount Tremper Shandaken, New York
- Mountain Fire Lookout Tower, Forest Service Rd. 2335 (Tower Rd.) Lakewood Ranger District, Nicolet National Forest Riverview, Wisconsin
- Mt. Beacon Fire Observation Tower, S. Beacon Mtn. Beacon, New York
- Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain Fire Observation Station, Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain Chesterfield, New York
- PS Knoll Lookout, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Maverick, Arizona
- Red Hill Fire Observation Station, Red Hill Denning, New York
- Snowy Mountain Fire Observation Station, Snowy Mountain Indian Lake, New York
- St. Regis Mountain Fire Observation Station, St. Regis Mountain Santa Clara, New York
- Wakely Mountain Fire Observation Station, Wakely Mountain Lake Pleasant, New York
- Warren County Fire Tower, 4.5 mi. S of Warrenton on NC 58 S Liberia, North Carolina
In 1918 the founder of Aermotor Windmill Company, La Verne Noyes, donated nearly $2.5 million USD to establish scholarships for veterans of World War I. The largest benefactors were University of Chicago and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, La Verne's alma mater. These scholarships are still available today. In addition, in 1913 Mr. Noyes gave a gift to the University of Chicago for a women's building which is the current Ida Noyes Hall, named for his wife.
- John F. Elliott (July 10, 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Carey Dome Fire Lookout". National Park Service. p. 9. Retrieved September 17, 2017. With five photos from 1992.
- History of the Aermotor Windmill Corporation
- Aermotor Windmill Products Archived October 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Arizona Lookouts". firelookout.org. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
- "PS Knoll Lookout". Forest Fire Lookout Association. Archived from the original on November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
- Noyes, La Verne (May 31, 1913). Letter to Henry Pratt Judson, President, University of Chicago (PDF). Special Collections Research Center, Office of the President, Harper, Judson, and Burton Administrations, 1869-1925, Box 14, Folder 5, Part 1: University of Chicago,. p. 7. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Aermotor Windmill Company.|
- Aermotor Windmill Company official homepage
- An interview with the president and owner of Aermotor, Kees Verheul
- An interview with Kees Verheul which spotlights his company