The Lost Cotton Gins of Central Texas

  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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faded texas industries: A photo essay

  • The State of Texas has seen the rise, fall, and eventual loss of many enterprises. These include the production of lime and charcoal, the steam passenger railroads, the cotton and peanut industries in central Texas, breweries, and many others. Photographs of some of the remaining artifacts are used here to illustrate their former place in the Texas economy. This book examines the reasons why these have failed or faded, and the lessons that can be learned from their demise. The revised and extended Second Edition adds a number of additional lost industries and artifacts, including shipbuilding, and municipal and agricultural steam pumping stations. 

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the technical traveler


If you have an interest in science and technology, this book recommends sites to visit worldwide. The author’s special interest in steam power is reflected in the photos of many sites devoted to operating steam railways, stationary steam engines, pumping engines, and marine engines; however, many other photos detail aeronautical, aerospace, agricultural, archeological, astronomical, automotive, geological, industrial, marine, military, navigational, and special interest visits. Ideas for family outings are also noted. Notes are given on the history and personalities related to many of the locations. Over 170 pages of full-color photographs show the opportunities for indulging an interest in how science and technology developed, and in particular for finding the many unexpected artifacts that remain from our technological past (for example, you can still see Galileo's personal telescope!) 

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