Shattuck Windmill Museum
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Don't just blow through Tornado Alley
How can anyone live in Tornado Alley? If the F5 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013, stirred up some questions about this wind-blown state, then head on over for some answers. (Please bring a helmet just in case.) The Shattuck Windmill Museum and Park pays homage to the vintage windmills that harnessed Oklahoma's fury and used it to pump water into drought-weary communities across the Panhandle. The museum sits on four acres where 51 restored windmills whirl like giant pinwheels on a windy day - which is about 99 percent of the time. There're a half-dugout with a sod roof echoing back to the pioneer days, and a rock wall showcasing the names of early-day water witchers and windmill workers. If you want to learn more about tornadoes, visit the National Weather Center in Norman during November when the annual National Weather Festival is held. The Storm Chaser Car Show is a must see. Need more excitement? Cloud 9 Tours and other adrenalin junkies can arrange a tornado safari, but be advised: Hell hath no fury like Mother Nature.
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