A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from July 13, 2009
Wind City, USA (Roscoe nickname)

The city of Roscoe in Nolan County has been called “Wind City, USA” unofficially since 2007. Wind energy farms began construction in Roscoe—one of the biggest wind projects in the world.

“Wind City, USA” is not to be confused with the nickname of Chicago—“the Windy City.”

Wikipedia: Roscoe, Texas
Roscoe is a city in Nolan County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,378 at the 2000 census.
Wind energy
Roscoe has become a pioneer in wind energy as it begins construction of the largest wind farm in the United States, and one of the largest in the world. E.ON Climate & Renewables North America (formerly Airtricity) is spending more than $1 billion to install 640 windmills around Roscoe that will generate 800 megawatts, enough to power 265,000 homes. A landowner can earn between $5,000 and $15,000 per windmill per year. The electricity generated is essentially pollution-free. A coal-fired plant producing the same power would annually create 2 million tons of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Climate Connections: Solutions
Winds of Change Blow into Roscoe, Texas

by John Burnett
All Things Considered, November 27, 2007 · There’s a new sound out on the green grid of cotton fields that make up what West Texans affectionately call the “Big Country.” Joining the hum of a seemingly ever-present wind is the rhythmic whoosh of spinning carbon-fiber blades on dozens of huge wind turbines.

It’s a growing Big Country symphony. Roscoe, a farm town with a population of just 1,300, is about to become Wind City U.S.A. — the locus of one of the biggest wind farms in the nation and the world. It’s a striking development in a state better known as the U.S. leader in emissions of global warming gases.

Roscoe Wind Council
Meeting Minutes February 7, 2008
Mr. Etheredge presented to the City Council the desire on the part of the Roscoe Wind Council to brand Roscoe as “Wind City USA” and use that along with the slogan “Where Good Things Grow.” The branding was discussed at length.

Jack Brown stated that in order to adopt this brand, it would need to go before the city council.

Clean Renewable Energy: Just Blowin’ In the Wind
Posted: Jan 01, 2009
Roscoe, Texas was one of the many Lone Star towns caught up in oil boom euphoria prior to the 1980s. Roughly situated between Dallas and El Paso, this West Texas town is now on the map not for its rough-and-tumble wild-west history, but rather its expansive wind energy farms that have given the town the new nickname of Wind City, USA. In fact, so many spinning, whirring wind turbines have set up shop in Roscoe that it has become home to one of the largest wind farms in the world.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (1) Comments • Monday, July 13, 2009 • Permalink