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Gehrke Windmill Garden – Folk Art



This summer we spent few weeks traveling through beautiful Washington State discovering new and exciting places….


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Gehrke Windmill Garden In North Dam Park, Grand Coulee




One evening we were heading to Laser Show at Grand Coulee Dam when we noticed this really strange fenced garden on the side of a highway…..right at the entrance to North Dam Park in Grand Coulee, Washington.


….of course we had to slow down….and STOP.


 Windmill Folk Art

Gehrke Windmill Garden




…..I got out of my car and in front of me there was this amazing display of WINDMILLS…..really strange….unique….homemade…..WINDMILLS…..over hundred of them…..fenced in this little garden.


….true display of Folk Art…..windmills made from scrap metal pieces….coffee pots…fan blades….garden decorations…toys….stuffed animals….sport equipment….lunch boxes….


Windmill Folk Art

Windmill Folk Art

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The sign read: “GEHRKE WINDMILL GARDEN”


After walking around and admiring these truly amazing windmills we discovered little cabinet attached to the fence with guest book and few flyers explaining the history of Gehrke Windmill Garden and the history of this amazing windmill folk art.


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Of course I picked up one of the flyers so I can share the history of Gehrke Windmill Garden with you all.


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Gehrke Windmill Garden




 Windmill Folk Art


Do you enjoy driving around looking for neat….out of the blue….middle of nowhere places like this? What is the neatest place you visited or discovered by accident lately?


If you like to see more unique and unusual highway art display check out Window Shopping at Prada Marfa post from Alexis at North On Harper


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Gehrke Windmill Garden - Unique Display Of Folk Art




After I wrote this post I found a wonderful video showing the beauty and uniqueness that is Gehrke Windmill Garden…enjoy!





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14 Responses to “Gehrke Windmill Garden – Folk Art”

  1. Debra says:

    Fascinating and lovely pics. Next time, can I come too? :)

  2. Lisa Taylor says:

    What an interesting and fun stop! Thanks for sharing it :-)

  3. What an interesting place—- I can’t imagine stumbling upon this! I really love the idea of it… so interesting.

    And thank you for the shout out!

  4. My kids would love this. It’s just the kind of thing we would stop a long drive for.

  5. Mimi SU says:

    That’s so cool. I’m from WA but had never been down to the light show. What a fun place to run across!

    • Bibi says:

      It was so great….the light show was fantastic as well. We’ve been talking about going to see it for 10 years so this year we did it….

  6. These windmills are beautiful! I love all of the bright colors! I wish WA and FL weren’t so far apart, I’d love to see it!

    • Bibi says:

      It was so unexpected seeing it on a side of a highway…..it was such a neat experience to see all the unique and folksy windmills.

  7. Kristl Story says:

    Folk art always puts a smile on my face!

  8. Kathy Flylnn says:

    Was disappointed my deceased sister Elsie Snook was not mentioned inghe Windmill Garden project. She did most of the painting in the project while she ran & owned Umbrell Motel in Grand Coulee.

    • Bibi says:

      I am so glad that you took the time to leave a comment. I think that is a huge oversight on the part of the person or persons that wrote the article that people can find when enjoying the garden.

  9. Johanna Anderson says:

    I haven’t seen the windmills since they were moved, every time we went to Grand Coulee, we would go see the Gehrkes and walk thru the yard and look at all the windmills. The most memorable windmill that I remember is the outhouse one.

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