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Tower Identification A thru Z

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Additional pictures were added to this page on 4/1/16.

The identity of a tower or a particular tower accessory can sometimes be a help in identifying a particular windmill. However, more often than not, given the extended life of a steel tower, they are not indicative of a mills identity. As an old windmill wore out farmers were not worried about matching a mill and tower. In fact often a tower became a mish-mash of components salvaged here and there over the years.  Farmers were resourceful then as they are now and had little pride in keeping an aging derick useful. None the less towers have heritage and pedigrees just like the mills they held erect.

Below we share some photos that may help you to determine where your tower originated. These are provided as educational assistance.

All pictures are protected by copyright laws and may not be used without the written permission of Windmill-Part.com or the original source.

Tower Accessories

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Aermotor Style Pull-Out Lever

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Dempster Pump Pole Guide

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Challenge Pull-Out Winch

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Stover Pull-Out Winch

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Dempster Pull-Out Lever

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Fairbury Pump Pole Guides

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Aermotor Pump Pole Guides

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Flint & Walling Pull-Out Winch

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F.E.Meyers Regulator

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Monitor Pull-Out Winch

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Baker Regulator

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Dempster Pump Pole Guides

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Aermotor Regulator

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Stover Pump Pole Guide

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Stover Regulator

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Early Dempster Pull-Out Winch

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Dempster Wood Girt Mounts

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Pump Pole Splices

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Challenge Pump Pole Guides

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Flint & Walling Regulator

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Woodmanse Pull-Out Winch

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Fairbanks-Morse Pull-Out Winch

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Dempster Pull-Out Lever Mount

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Challenge / Dandy Pull-Out Lever Mount

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Early Stover Regulator

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USWE Pull-Out Winch

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Aermotor Pull-Out Lever Mount

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1927 Challenge
Triple Pump Pole Guide

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Early Cast Iron Pump Pole Guide

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Acme Regulator

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Tower Punch

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Baker Monitor Pull-In Lever

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Eccentric Washers For Tightening Wire Cross Braces

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Pumping Triangles

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Perkins Pull-Out Winch

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Worm Gear Winch

   
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Aermotor Regulator

Aermotor Towers

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1893-95 Tower Step

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1893-95 Tower Step

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Early Peg Step On 90 Degree Rounded Corner Angle Iron

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Early Peg Steps With Angle Iron Cross Braces On Rounded Corner 90 Degree Posts

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Suburban Tower Rig

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Tilting Tower from the 1890's

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Suburban Tower Rig

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Suburban Tower Rig

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Traditional 4 Post Tower With Loop Steps used 1899 onward

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Early Tower Step Used On 1895-96 Towers

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Early 3 Post With Button End Upper Cross Braces and Angle Iron Lower Cross Braces

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Bilby Style 3 Post Tower

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Early Button End Cross Braces And Slotted Girts

Appleton-Goodhue Towers

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Cast Step

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Rod Cross Brace w/ Twisted Loop End

Axtell Towers

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Rod Ladder Rung

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Rod Cross Braces with Cast Clamp

Baker Towers

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Angle Iron Cross Lower Braces With Flat Strap Upper Cross Braces

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Folded Sheet Metal Ladder Rung Incorporated In Outer Post

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Unusual Right Hand Ladder

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3 Post With 90 Degree Outer Posts With Bent Girt Ends

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Early 4 Post With Outside Mount Girts And Corner Post Ladder Steps

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Early Corner Post Ladder Steps

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Early Baker Wire Tower

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Parts of Early Baker Wire Tower

 
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Early 4 Post With Corner Post Ladder Steps

Beatty

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27ft w/ Rod & Angle Iron Cross Braces

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Corner Mounted Ladder & Angle Iron Bottom Cross Braces

Butler Towers

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Cross Brace Clamp

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Flat Strap & Rod Ladder

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Cross Brace Rod & Cast "L" Anchor

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Pull-Out Winch

 
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30ft Tower

Challenge, Dandy Towers

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Ladder Of Angle Iron And Folded Sheet Metal

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1930's Version Tower

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Flat Strap Cross Braces

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Flat Strap Cross Braces w/ Strap Tensioners
 

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Original Dandy Tower, Steps, Cross Braces

Currie Towers

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Outside Mount Girts With Ball & Threaded Rod Cross Braces

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Cast Step
 

Dempster Towers

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Early Flat Strap Ladder w/ Angle Iron Rungs
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Early Style With 20ft Upper Posts And Wire Braces With Brace Clamps

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Ecentric Washers Used to Tighten Wire Cross Braces

Eli Towers

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Late Style With Angle Iron Ladder

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Unique Girt And Braided Wire Cross Braces

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Early Ladder With Channel Iron Rung

Fairbanks-Morse Towers

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Rod Cross Braces With One End Looped And One End Threaded For U Clamps
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Fairbury Towers

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Ladder Mounted With "J" Bolts

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Flat Strap Cross Braces With Ladder Of Angle Iron Posts & Rungs

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Wide Top Tower Cap & Storm Stay

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Early Version With 20ft Upper Tower Posts

Flint & Walling Towers

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20ft Early F &W Tower

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5/16" Round Cross Braces

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Early Style Tower Cap & Stay Mounted With U-Bolts

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Cross Braces Threaded Through Girts

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50ft Suburban Tower

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Ladder With Flat Bar Rails & Round Rungs

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Star 24/37 Tower Cap

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Suburban Tower Tank

Freeman & Sons Towers

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Ladder

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Rod Cross Brace w/ Cast Clamp

Heller-Aller Towers

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Angle Iron Cross Braces

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Stamped Sheet Metal Step

I.X.L.

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20ft Tower

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Cross Brace Anchors, Upper End

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Ladder

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Girt, Cross Brace & Anchor Bolt Pattern

Kenwood, Marcy, Red Cross Towers

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Ladder Of Flat Strap Posts With Round Rod Rungs

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4 Post Version

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Round Rod Cross Braces Hooked On One End And Threaded On The Other
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Maud Towers

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Spares Girt Spacing On Upper Section

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Cross Brace Turnbuckle & Ladder

Perkins Towers

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Channel Iron Cross Braces And Ladder Rungs

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Channel Iron Ladder Rungs

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Channel Iron Cross Braces & Girt

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40ft Perkins Tower

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Rod Cross Braces Used On Late Version Towers

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40ft Perkins Tower

Phelps & Bigalow Towers

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Angle Iron Ladder Rung

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Rod Cross Braces With Loop End and Threaded End

Stover Towers

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Ladder With Angle Iron Posts And Folded Sheet Metal Rungs

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60 Degree Angle Iron Posts, Braided Wire Cross Braces w/ Ecentric Washers

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Brace Clamps

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4 Post Version

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Clamps Used To Tighten Wire Cross Braces

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Ecentric Washers

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Duck Foot Flair On An Anchor

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U.S.W.E. Towers

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Gem 3 Post Tower

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Late Style Pressed Sheet Metal Step

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Late Style Tower With Pressed Sheet Metal Steps & Round Cross Braces

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Late Style Cross Brace Outside Corner Mount

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Earliest Style Gem 3 Post Tower

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Early Style Cross Brace Outside Corner Mount

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Earliest Style Gem 3 Post Tower

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3 Post Tower & Pull-Out Assembly for Double Motion Gem

 

Woodmanse Towers

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Corner Bolts At Post Joints On Both 3 & 4 Post Versions

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Closely Spaced Girts On Upper 10ft Section To Form Ladder

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Clamps For Round Rod Cross Braces

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4 Post Version with Round Rod Cross Braces

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Clamps For Round Rod Cross Braces

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60 Degree Angle Iron Posts, Round Rod Cross Braces w/ Clamps

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Late Version Clamps For round Rod Cross Braces

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4 Post Tower Stub w/ Tower Cap

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Eccentric Washers Used On Some Models

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20ft 3 Post Tower

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