This was the view of Howard's Knob during my college days at Appalachian State University. I dug these little gems out the other evening. Back then I used a pitiful Kodak 110 film camera. Here is a link to the Wiki which has a fantastic shot of the windmill which was taken down in 1983. In 1980, the Boone windmill was written up in Time Magazine and which referred to it as the not only the world's largest windmill, but the noisiest as well. I remember the windmill as my Boone compass/landmark. As I drove down old 421, there would be no mistaking which ridge was Howard's Knob. The majority of the time I remember the blades of the windmill locked. When ASU students weren't flocking down 321 towards The Rock for a drink at Holly's Tavern, Clyde's, or Mother Fletchers, they would head up to Howard's Knob to gander at the trailer sized office attached to the windmill. There was a fence built around the structure to prevent folks from 'riding' the blades. Dennis Scanlon, a professor at ASU has put together a PDF file which describes the Mountain Ridge Protection Act of 1983 as well other helpful info about wind and windmills in North Carolina.