Topping off the tower

You no longer need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows in Plymouth — you just have to look at the Huson Tower.

The restored historic structure on Collins Street got its final feature put in place Wednesday when a crew from MZ Construction - which built the replica tower - helped windmill restorer Ron Hartman of Sheboygan to assemble and install a replica 1880s era windmill atop the tower.

Hartman said he patterned the new windmill on an Eclipse windmill. The popular windmills were first patented by Wisconsin resident Leonard Wheeler in 1867 and were manufactured in Beloit from the 1870s through the 1920s.

The historic Huson Water Tower was originally built in the 1870s and included a windmill to pump water up from the Mullet River for sheep and horses Henry Huson grazed on the river bank.

The windmill was removed sometime in first half of the 20th Century. The tower was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 but was destroyed in an arson fire in 2015.

Hartman built the windmill based on an historic photo of the tower prior to removal of the original. “There was only one picture and it was a very, very poor picture, but you can definitely make out the solid wood (windmill) with the tail,” similar to an Eclipse, he explained.

Final painting and finish work on the new tower should be completed in the spring, with a formal dedication to follow.

Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner

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