Portales windmill collection move in progress

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Alisa Boswell A nationally known windmill collection is in the process of being moved to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds at a cost between $15,000 and $25,000. Bill Dalley, Portales resident and a New Mexico windmill collector for more than 30 years, donated his collection of 80 windmills to the county in the summer of 2011, [...]

Windmills find new home

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County is bringing a new addition to the county fairgrounds in the form of a 12,600 square foot windmill park. Longtime Portales residents Bill and Alta Dalley, who have collected old-fashioned windmills for the last 30 years, now have more than 80 windmills stored at their home on South Kilgore in Portales. [...]

Our people: Windmill man

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Portales resident Bill Dalley has delved into his retirement hobby of restoring antique windmills. He has restored 80 for himself and 25 for others. Sometimes, moving or repairing a windmill became a family project, needing multiple trucks and trailers to haul the oversized collectibles. Dalley decided to donate the windmills to Roosevelt County and began [...]

Windmills headed for history

When we see a windmill we think “ranch.” This iconic equipment, without doubt, has made ranching possible in the arid Southwest as well as other parts of our nation. I’m one of those ranch kids who tied my horse to the metal windmill frame and piled into the drinking tub’s water for a little fun. [...]

Resident seeks to donate windmill collection to county

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Jared Tucker A Portales man wants to donate his life-long windmill collection to the county to be used as a tourist attraction, an idea the city turned down several years ago. Bill Dalley brought the matter to the Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday. Dalley has been collecting windmills for 30 years. “I would like to [...]

Meetings Watch: County considering windmill collection

Roosevelt County Commissioners took the following action Tuesday: • Agreed to consider Bill Dalley’s offer to donate his collection of about 80 windmills to the county. Commission Chairman David Sanders said officials would see what arrangements they could make. Dalley said people come from “far and wide” to see the windmills, but he could no [...]

Portales past: June 26, 1960

June 26, 1960: Alvin Stevenson, a 40-year-old Elida rancher, was in the hospital following a weekend fall from a windmill. He suffered five broken ribs and a broken collarbone.

Couple looking to part with windmill collection

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico

Dalley adds another windmill to collection

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By Michelle Seeber With all the wind that blows in eastern New Mexico, it is no wonder that windmills were a factor in the settling of Roosevelt County. Before the invention of the windmill, travelers went from water hole to water hole in search of water. There were no streams or rivers nearby from which [...]