A full-color photographic tour of more than 40 abandoned cotton gins in Central Texas serves as a vehicle to examine the history of cotton production in Central Texas, and its rise and fall as an economic driver in the region. Short histories of controversies, attempted monopolies, and technical advances in cotton production are given, along with discussions of how these have continued into the present. An aside even shows that extraterrestrials may have an interest in Texas cotton!
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About the Author
John R. (Jack) Howell has enjoyed a life-long interest in antique mechanical equipment. He and his wife, Susan Conway, have traveled extensively and have visited many engineering and technical sites around the world. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Science, and a Life Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He recently retired from teaching in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas-Austin, but remains active in research.