Energy: Electricity from The Wind

A blow for turbine power, with more projects to come

All over the American West, billboards touting such curiosities as 60-ft. cacti and petrified armadillos lure travelers from the interstates to the tourist emporiums of dusty towns. Lacking any such magnet, Clayton, N. Mex. (pop. 3,000), a farming and ranching center nine miles from the Texas border, was long, in the words of Local Merchant Leon ("Buster") Zinck, "a forgotten city—even in Albuquerque." But no more. Now Clayton's Union County Fairgrounds boast a unique attraction: a 100-ft.-tall windmill, the first in the land to be built by the Government to supply electricity.

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