George Flowers Movie Collection #11: Howard's Knob Windmill, Blades #1, 1979

Title

George Flowers Movie Collection #11: Howard's Knob Windmill, Blades #1, 1979

Subject

NASA, Department of Energy, Howard's Knob, Windmill, Boone, Blowing Rock, George Flowers, Boeing

Description

Reel #11 of the films in the George Flowers Collection, this 1979 16mm reel contains B-roll footage of the delivery of the Boeing windmill blades for the NASA-Department of Energy windmill erected atop Howard's Knob in Boone, NC, and later dedicated on July 11, 1979. The Department of Energy awarded the experimental project to the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in 1977. George Flowers is believed to have shot this footage for a North Carolina television station. This B-roll footage contains scenes from a number of Watauga County-area locations, including the blades coming up US 321 to Blowing Rock, passing through Blowing Rock, passing through Boone, and beginning the journey up what was then known as Howard's Knob Road (present-day Eastview Avenue and East Junaluska Road) near the intersection of Eastbrook and Hunting Roads. After a failure of the windmill's drive train in 1981, the federal government removed the windmill from Howard's Knob and auctioned it in 1983.

This film can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/nU2xT50U17U

Creator

George Flowers

Date

1979

Contributor

Boone Area Chamber of Commerce

Format

16 MM Film

Language

English

Type

Moving Images

Identifier

Geo-Flo-1-11

Spatial Coverage

Boone, NC, Blowing Rock, NC

Files

Geo-Flo-1-11.jpg

Citation

George Flowers, “George Flowers Movie Collection #11: Howard's Knob Windmill, Blades #1, 1979,” Digital Watauga, accessed May 28, 2018, http://digitalwatauga.org/items/show/5882.

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