Wind-iana

September 4, 2008 at 8:08 pm 4 comments

Benton County, Indiana– home of Fowler, Otterbein, Boswell, Oxford, Earl Park . . . . never heard of them?  How about corn and soy beans?  I’ll bet you’ve heard of those!  It’s home to a lot of corn and soy beans. Benton County has the richest farmland in the state.  And now there’s something much more exciting in this rural prairie flatland.

It is now home to the first and largest wind farm in the state.  As far as the eye can see from east of Fowler to the Illinois state line–windmills!

Pictures can’t begin to capture the majesty of these beauties.  Not all of them are operational yet, and there is a buzz of activity in the construction of many, many more.  The installation of the huge, unique poles that take the power to a transfer station includes a guy sitting on a platform attached to a helicopter, installing the pullies at the top of each pole. 

It’s worth a trip up (or down) US-52 if you get the chance.  Fowler is exactly halfway between Indianapolis and Chicago.  It’s official–there is more than corn in Indiana (Caw!  Caw!)  More about the wind farm here.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lara  |  September 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Ooh! This is exciting!

    Reply
  • 2. Elaine  |  September 5, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Are you from Benton County? Just wondering.

    Reply
  • 3. The Other Mrs. Schmenkman  |  September 6, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Awesome pictures Gorgeous!

    Reply
  • 4. vegasguy  |  November 30, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Its been 9 years since I have been there. It sure has changed.

    Reply

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