American Wind Power Center
The American Wind Power Center is a museum of wind power in Lubbock, Texas. It is on 28 acres (110,000 m 2) of city park land in downtown Lubbock. The Center has over 160 American style windmills on exhibit.

History
The center was established in 1993 by Miss Billie Wolfe and Coy F. Harris. Wolfe, a faculty member at Texas Tech University, began searching for windmills in the early 1960s. She photographed and documented windmills across the nation and encouraged people to save what windmills were still standing. Thirty years later there had been several individuals who had restored a number of early mills and Wolfe located one of these in Mitchell, Nebraska. By this time, Harris was working with Wolfe and he arranged, disassembled and moved this collection of forty-eight rare windmills to Lubbock. These windmills remained in storage until 1997, when the City of Lubbock authorized an area of land on the east side of the city for the museum. Harris and volunteers moved the collection to this new site. Windmills were erected on the grounds and inside a modest exhibit building. In 1999, a much larger building became available, and Harris directed the movement of this building to the park site. He redesigned part of the "metal fabrication building" to better fit the windmills.

Presently
At the present time, there are more than a hundred rare and historic water pumping windmills displayed inside. Another sixty windmills are erected on the grounds with many pumping water. Complementing the water pumping windmills are wind electric machines. Some of these date to the early 1920s. Dominating the windmill grounds is a Vestas V47 wind turbine. This 660 kW turbine stands on a 50 meter tower and provides (on a yearly average) all of the power required by the museum facility. Excess energy is sold to the local power grid. In October 2009, the museum expects to unveil a 5,500-square-foot (510 m 2) mural on a 34-foot (10 m)-tall space stretching 172 feet (52 m) long. The massive painting will highlight the history of windmills from the West Texas perspective, from water-pumping structures to wind-powered generators. The work is being undertaken by LaGina Fairbetter, an artist originally from Abilene, Texas, and her assistant, Jenny Cox. On October 17, 2009, the center will unveil the mural in a grand dedication between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.