Elk Horn's Danish windmill was built in 1848 in Norre Snede, Denmark. This mill and others like it in Denmark and throughout Europe were used to grind grain into flour for farmers in neighboring communities. Because of the deterioration of mills in Europe and especially Denmark, a decission was made to bring this Danish Windmill to Iowa. Elk Horn was chosen as the new location because it has one of the largest concentrations of Danes in the United States. It would be a great way to celebrate our country's bicentennial, and would help keep a small town from dying.
Now Elk Horn is host to the only authentic, working, Danish windmill in America. In the 30 years that Elk Horn has enjoyed this mill, it has become one of the most popular and successful tourist attractions in Iowa. Due in part to its location just a few miles north of interstate 80, and the fact that it is now an official Iowa Welcome Center.