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Danish Windmill Museum, Elk Horn

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The historic 1848 Nørre Snede, Denmark Windmill was brought to America 41 years ago. Rebuilt by over 300 community volunteers to honor the area's rich Danish Heritage. The Mill was restored to working condition in 1976 and it takes a 20 mph wind to operate. At any time when the wind changes the 10 ton cap frame will turn it's self into the wind with the help of the fantail. It is a beautiful sight to see the magnificent windmill turn by wind-power.

The Danish Windmill is also one of Iowa's Private Welcome Centers. They have over 250 brochures on other State attractions, Iowa maps and attraction guides. Employees are State Certified Welcome Center employees.

The Mill Corporation is a 501-c-3 non profit Corporation. The Museum shop sales proceeds go to help the day to day operations of the historic windmill stay in good repair. Check out www.danishwindmill.com for more information or call 800-451-7960. VELKOMMEN!
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  • Not quite 10 minutes from I-80, this attraction provided a brief and interesting break in our travel between Des Moines and Omaha. The woman working at the museum greeted us and explained that the... 
    Not quite 10 minutes from I-80, this attraction provided a brief and interesting break in our travel between Des Moines and Omaha. The woman working at the museum greeted us and explained that the...  more »
  • A cute small town with much Danish historical background. The gift shop is filled with items originally from Denmark. 
    A cute small town with much Danish historical background. The gift shop is filled with items originally from Denmark.  more »
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  • Check out the small Church next to the windmill!
  • The lady in the gift shop was lovely! Very kind and knowledgeable. The windmill and walking path around it were both amazing. It is so hard to wrap your head around the engineering it took to construct it in the 1850's and to transport it to the USA in the 1970's. The inside of the mill is absolutely beautiful. I would be careful about stopping if you have young or rowdy kids with you. There are ladders you can climb in the mill that they might find difficult. We hope to visit again! It was a lovely experience.

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