Waterville Windmill

Windmill | Waterville, WA | 2017 — Mostly it’s windmills and grain elevators* that break the Plateau’s flatline landscape. For more than a century, farmers have used these structures in practical ways to tap wind and gravity (pump well water, fill grain trucks). Backroad travelers use them as waymarkers — real-life pushpins to mark the spot.

*On second thought, power poles are also important “verticals” on the Plateau landscape. They’re less valuable as waymarkers, however, because they all look so similar. 

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