Spearville used to be known as the Home of the Lancers–the local high school. Nowadays, a landmark billboard along Highway 50/56 has been modified, to proclaim Spearville to be the home of the Lancers and Windmills. The change was made for a good reason: you simply can’t miss the dozens of modern windmills scattered on farmland north of town.
[tmt_info =””]An anonymous visitor writes: Spearville was known as the City of Windmills before the windfarm was built. Eleanor Fry published a book in 1975 called “Spearville – City of Windmills”.[/tmt_info]
The Spearville Wind Farm was completed in 2006. It includes 67 General Electric turbines, capable of producing 100.5 megawatts of power–enough to light up 33,000 homes.
There’s a small interpretive display that provides plenty of fun facts about the wind farm. Here are a few more:
Each tower is 262 feet tall–include the blade, and each windmill is 66 feet taller than Kansas’ tallest building.
Although the entire structure weighs 120 tons, a breeze of just 8 miles per hour can turn the blades.
The site was chosen because it is out of the way of the paths of migratory birds, aviation, and microwave radio towers.
[tmt_info =””]Spearville is located on US 50/56, east of Dodge City, Kansas.[/tmt_info]
Note: This trip was first published in 2008.