Built in 1837

Prairie Mills Windmill

Welcome to Golden, Illinois!

Visit the “Prairie Mill” in Golden, Illinois (Adams County), a restored Dutch smock windmill and a historic landmark in western Illinois. It is the only restored, US-built windmill operating with its original millstones and wood gear mechanism! Built in 1873 by Henry Emminga, it’s one of only two dutch windmills in downstate Illinois.

Our Vision

To see the windmill and museum proudly supported by all generations of the Golden and surrounding community, teaching future generations about prairie life in rural Illinois between 1870 and 1935.

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About the GHS

Find out more about the Golden Historical Society and how we function!

About Golden, IL

Golden is located on a flat, swampy, fertile prairie between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

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at the Prairie Mills Windmill!

Come be a part of this magnificent historical experience and learn about all the details surrounding the golden Windmill.
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