Historical marker for Lubbock's first cotton gin

Historical marker for Lubbock's first cotton gin

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock County Historical Commission named the city's first cotton gin a historical marker.

W.P. Florence raised the first cotton crop here in 1901. But he had to haul the harvest to Big Spring for ginning.

The Lubbock Gin Project brought machinery from Dallas to Canyon by train, then wagoned down to Lubbock. It opened in December 1904, in time to process the fall harvest.

The Lubbock County Oil Company and The Compress Company in the 20s replaced the gin's original location east of Avenue A and 17th Street.

"It was the beginning of the agri-business that's right here," said Sandy Fortenberry, chair of the Lubbock County Historical Commission. "The cotton seed oil mill that was here, from the compress, which took the cotton bales and compressed them, to all the farming...that's here."

Historians say the gin was the first step in the South Plains' path to leading the cotton industry. 

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