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Batavia - City of Windmills.

Batavia was once the "Windmill Capital of the World" because of the number of windmill manufacturers in the city.

From the 1860s until the 1950s, Batavia, Illinois, was home to six companies manufacturing windmills that greatly accelerated America’s ability to settle “the West.” The Second World War effectively ended an industry as a result of expanded availability of electricity.

Today,  about 18 restored  windmills are on display near the Government Center, public places and commercial sites.

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Public Art on William J. Donovan Bridge, aka Wilson Street Bridge.

William J. Donovan bridge is the only bridge in Batavia over Fox River.  The current Wilson Street Bridge, or Donovan Bridge, is the 3rd generation of the bridge and was built between 2007 and 2008. The bridge it replaced stood since 1911, which replaced the original structure built in the mid-1800's. As the only bridge in Batavia, the Donovan Bridge is an important piece in local architectural heritage. In 1911,...

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A Look Back - by Oscar Leon and Jessica LoPresti

A Potawatomi mstands on the bank of the Fox River, with its underlying limestone. As a "keeper of the Fire", caring for sacred campfire is an important responsibility. He faces east, from which comes life and new beginninbgs, unaware of the magnitude of changes coming to this region. Out of his sights rises a windmill, a symbol of Batavia's move from an agrarian economy to one characterized by manufacturing and later,...
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Exploring Batavia..

The day my patriotic Stars and Stripes scarf got a nod of approval!

I was walking on the streets of Batavia - for the first time. A man slows down his jeep, as I am walking leisurely. He stops momentarily, looks towards me and says... I love your scarf. Thank You.. I said.  He drove away... but... Made my day..

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Bulldogs of Batavia

In 2011, Batavia launced "Bulldog Unleashed" art project, on lines of "Cows on Parade" in Chicago. And many bulldog statues can still be seen all over the town at public places.

What is the connection between bulldogs and Batavia, I dont know. But bulldog is mascot of Batavia High School. Team name "Battling Bulldogs." Their basketball team is named Batavia Bulldog basketball.. and so are their football and volleyball teams.

Long before Batavia’s athletic teams were called the Bulldogs, they...

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