Burton Farmers Gin - Burton, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 30° 10.808 W 096° 35.633
14R E 731677 N 3341192
Quick Description: The Burton Farmers Gin still fires up its 125-horsepower Bessemer diesel engine and can produce 500-pound bales of cotton, allowing it to lay claim as the nation’s oldest cotton gin operating at its original location and with original components.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 10/26/2019 7:14:17 PM
Waymark Code: WM11HF6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member QuesterMark
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This is the earliest known survivor of an integrated cotton ginning system widely used to process cotton from wagon to bale in a continuous operation. The gin machinery was designed and built in 1914 by the Lummus Cotton Gin Company. It can process seven bales per hour. Five gin stands, stick machine, burr machine, separators, cleaners, press pump, and pneumatic conveying fans are driven by a 125-hp Bessemer oil engine. This gin ran commercially until 1974 and was restored to operating condition in 1993. The Bessemer engine powered the entire mill, removing manual labor from the ginning process and allowing the Texas industry to evolve into the age of mechanization and integrated machine systems.

The Burton Farmers mill has been restored to full operation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The documentation, the surviving machinery, and that it still runs make it a landmark of exceptional integrity.

Main St. SE of Burton St. / Burton, TX

Type of structure/site: Building

Date of Construction: 1914

Engineering Organization Listing: American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Engineer/Architect/Builder etc.: Not listed

Secondary Web Site: Not listed

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