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MCGC Neighbors Weekly News Blast

Our Murphy Creek Windmill – An Old West Icon

As settlers moved west in the late 1800s to claim land for farming and to raise cattle in areas where water was in short supply, the Windmill became essential for survival of all.  The blades atop a tall tower would spin and rotate in the wind, moving a sucker rod in an up and down motion inside a cylinder below water level.  This up and down motion with the help of check valves, pushed water up the pipe to the surface for storage in a holding tank.  The Windmill and its water made it possible for the Old West to be settled!

Our Murphy Creek Windmill, which originally stood tall on an Oklahoma farm, is an authentic Old West windmill.  It was bought by our Developer (Rod  Alpert) through an antique dealer and was a fully functional windmill when it was lifted in to place by a crane during the early days of developing Murphy Creek and the golf course. 

It needed maintenance, painting and to be filled with oil periodically to keep the blades spinning and the mechanisms working.  There was a lack of clarity as to where that responsibility rested,  so our Windmill fell into disrepair.  To restore it, our developer had a framer from his crew  assemble and replace the rotted lumber.  A bucket lift was rented and Rod personally primed and painted the timbers.  Thank you, Rod!  At that time  it was necessary to alter the spinning of the blades.  They now simply rotate in the wind.

This summer our Windmill will again receive some careful cleaning with a wire brush or power washer to be sure the look of the rough sawn timbers is maintained. And with a coat of paint, it will again be that Old West Icon welcoming all of us home each day.

NOTE:  Since this article has historic significance for our community, it has been added to the Archives page of our website.

Snow Gauge

Let It Snow!

Our Guest Writer this week is Lynn Swanson,  Murphy Creek’s weather reporter for CoCoRaHS.  Throughout the winter months, Lynn provides the MCGC Neighbors’ News Blast with snow and moisture data for the neighborhood.  He collects the measurements using equipment in his backyard and reports it daily along with numerous other Colorado collection stations to CoCoRaHS.  Our thanks to Lynn for this report!

Here are the data and highlights for February (as of Feb. 23).

Total snowfall for Murphy Creek = 20.0".  Water yield from melted snow = 1.45". Days when some snow fell at least part of the day = 9.

The three significant snow events delivered the following:

2/1                     4.7"

2/16 - 2/17        5.7 "

2/20 - 2/23      9.4" 

And the two smaller deliveries of snow were these:

2/4                   0.2"

2/11                 0.1"

So, how does this compare to the 'normal' or 'average' for Aurora during February? Using data from 1981–2013, it breaks down like this:

Average number of days with snow = 5.3.  We are currently at 9 days.

Average amount of snow = 5.7".  We are currently at 20".

Per Lynn, “This is not a record February, but a good showing so far.  We might be in the top 5 and still have this week to go.  Hardly worth talking about by Boston standards, which is just fine by me.”

Calendar at a Glance

Calendar at a Glance

Feb 28 (Sat) – Simon Book Blast 2015 - Aurora Mall - 2-4PM - FREE

Mar 2 & 4 (Mon & Wed) – Poker - the Tavern - Register by 6:00PM - plays begins at 7:00PM

Mar 8 (Sun) – Daylight Saving Time Begins - don't forget to spring forward


Book Blast 2015

Book Blast 2015

The Simon Kidgits Club® is hosting its annual Book Blast at the Aurora Mall this Saturday from 2-4PM.  Parents and children are invited to bring books to life through special read-aloud sessions, giveaways, and story-inspired activities. 

Better World Books will provide each child who attends the event with a pre-loved book and bookmark to take home - while supplies last.

This event will provide families the chance to make reading a fun, social experience with various kid-focused offerings.  Admission is FREE.


St. Pius X
Jennifer Oldham - Your Neighborhood Realtor
Annette Martorano - Travel Leaders

MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
Murphy Creek Tavern
MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
Plains Conservation Center
MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
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