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Out with the old, up with the new

By Ryan Horton
Choctaw Times

Funded by proceeds from the Choctaw Fall Classic Car Show, Choctaw Creek Park’s windmill, located in the north end of the city’s premier park, is undergoing an upgrade this week.

Sunday crews with Johnson Tree and Crane, out of Jones, began disassembling the windmill that had stood in that site since at least the 1970’s.

“We’re going to replace the wood with some white oak that should last 100 years,” said David Johnson, who volunteered his equipment and labor. “I’ve done a lot of windmills, and the windmill itself looks to be from the 1950’s. We’ll give it an upgrade with some Choctaw blue and gold.”

Johnson Tree and Crane begins disassembling the windmill in Choctaw Creek Park. Crews hope to have the new and improved windmill erected by the end of this week.

Volunteers believe the old windmill is made of cottonwood, and has been neglected for decades.

The old 5”x5” wood pieces will replaced by 6.5”x 6.5” boards that have already been milled at Johnson’s home in Jones.

Choctaw Public Recreation advisory Board chairman Jim Buys, who coordinates the annual car show each fall, says the 2023 event raised $4,300 to fund the repair and improvement of the windmill.



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