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COTTON GINS IN TEXAS
Vintage Photos & Postcards - Series One

From The Will Beauchamp Collection

Texas Cotton Gins: Series I - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7
Bishop Gin and Ice Plant, Bishop Texas
BISHOP GIN & ICE HOUSE - BISHOP TX pst mrk JULY 1910

Editorís Note: Will and Karla Beauchamp of Tuleta, Texas both descend from ancestors who planted cotton. Willís father also taught Texas history in nearby Pettus, Texas. The apple doesnít fall from the tree and Will discovered early on that he had inherited the history gene.

In Mr. Beauchampís own words: ďI started out collecting antique bottles in my youth in the Tuleta / Beeville area of South Texas. My father teaching history just fueled my desire to collect historical items, especially from South Texas. I then started collecting cotton gin postcards. Almost every town in Texas had at least one cotton gin and many had several. Before and after the Civil War many Southerners migrated to Texas. The families were so big that most farms were self-sufficient. Many cotton farmers who knew nothing else found that cotton didn't grow very well in some regions.

About five years ago I caught the bridge craze. The story of the old Texas bridges is similar to the fate of the gins. Almost all of them are gone now and it's a history that some of us want to save. I thought that by sharing my collection with Texas Escapesí readers, it would reach a much larger audience than it would stuck away and only seen by a few.Ē

Dishman Cotton Gin, Collinsville Texas
DISHMAN COTTON GIN - COLLINSVILLE TX
"Have been told there were 3 cotton gins in Collinsville at one time. My anscestors came from GA about the 1850s-1860s and grew cotton here. Was told my grandfather as a boy won the county fair cotton picking contest. He left home when of age as cotton farming wasn't for him and he was the only boy with 7 sisters!" - William Beauchamp.
Cotton Gin, Corpus Christi, Texas
The Gin at CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, postmarked Dec 31, 1910
Ginning Season in  Honey Grove, Texas
Gining Season in HONEY GROVE, TX post mark DEC 1909
Nocona Mill & Gin Co. Nocona, Texas
NOCONA MILL & GIN CO. - NOCONA, TX post mark 1923 but card is a style used about 1910
Ralls Texas Cotton Gin
Gin at RALLS, TX
Roscoe Texas Gin
Gin at ROSCOE TX dated April 1910
S.J. Schaefers Gin, Schulenburg, Texas
S.J.SCHAEFERS GIN - SCHULENBURG, TX post mark APR 1912
Goldman gin and Mill, Victoria Texas
GOLDMAN GIN and MILL - VICTORIA, TX about 1910

See Texas Cotton Gins: Series I | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
More Cotton | Texas Vintage Photos
More Will Beauchamp Collection

Marble Falls Texas, Cotton Mill and Bridge
Marble Falls Cotton Mill and Bridge.
See Gallery of Forgotten Texas Bridges -
The Will Beauchamp Collection

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