Szelmalmok a Kiskunsagon

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    English titleWindmills in Little Cumania
    Authors & editors

    Istvan, Fazekas [Author]

    Publisher Felegyhazi Hirek Kiadasa
    Year of publication 1989

    English (summaries only)
    German (summaries only)
    Hungarian (main text)

    Medium Book

    Wind & watermills > Other Europe (not GB) > Eastern Europe


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    Windmills in Kiskunság
    Even Sándor Petőfi sang about the windmills of his beloved homeland, Kiskunság, which, as he wrote, stood at the end of the town. Where nothing stood in the way of the rushing wind, but the rivers spread out and flowed slowly, it was logical to build windmills.

    In the landscapes preserved from the 19th century, Kiskunfélegyháza looks as if we were only in the Netherlands: as far as the eye can see, the horizon is colored by the sails of windmills. During the heyday of windmills, 62 mills worked at the same time in the Félegyháza area.

    The local mill builders, who founded their joint guild with millers, carpenters and masons in 1841 in Kiskunfélegyháza, were recognized and sought after throughout the country.

    Windmills replaced dry mills driven by human or animal power, but technical progress quickly ended their time. The first steam mill was built in Félegyháza in 1867, which was soon followed by others, and thus windmills were gradually pushed out of the market.

    The lowland tower windmill visible in the Kiskun Museum was built in 1860 and originally stood on the edge of the town. Grain was ground in it until 1942, after which the miller donated the building to the museum, which was rebuilt after being relocated to the former prison yard.

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