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Feeling the winds of progress
Piedmont citizens promote community with windmills

Greg Elwell Published: February 3, 2003

The windmills decrease in age as a visitor travels north, showing the engineering "progress of their donors.

There would be another windmill, between the third and fourth, but it was stolen.

"Some of us thought it was Allen's (Moffat) farmhands helping out, said Cindy Cheatwood, Chamber of Commerce president. Some Piedmont residents even asked if the robbers needed help.

If you ask anyone involved with the project who the driving force behind getting the windmills bought, donated and put up, you'll get the same answer everybody.

Maybe they're afraid of being saddled with the blame. More likely, they understand that the "Winds of Progress really was a civic improvement, since the entire city was involved in it one way or another.

A day spent at the Mid-Oklahoma Co-op will produce only a handful of customers who haven't served in one public office or another. A trip to the Piedmont Historical Museum reveals items donated by third-generation residents and families who have only been in the community for a few years.

City Manager Jim Richardson will gladly talk about the newest improvements coming to Piedmont, including baseball and softball fields, a new library and a community pavilion.

"These are all visible examples of how the community pulls together, Richardson said. "We've even got some grants for landscaping along the southern entrance to town.

To some, a decade might seem like a long time to put up windmills, but for Piedmont, the time couldn't be better. This summer, the city will celebrate its 100th anniversary a monthlong festival stretching from the Fourth of July to Founder's Day on Sept. 13.

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