There is something about seeing a derelict farmhouse, barn, windmill, or farm implement that makes me get the camera out to record the image. Perhaps it is because falling down barns, out buildings, and discarded implements remind me of an era almost lost. They make me wonder about the people who utilized these barns, used these implements, and farmed these acres ... What was life like for them? Why are these farms, these implements, now abandoned? Why did agricultural industries die?
Walburg, TX (Williamson County) ... Originally known as Concordia, is a German community on Farm Road north of Georgetown. This gin was one of two cotton gins that processed cotton from area farms. Today with little cotton being grown in the area both gins closed. This cotton gin, the only one still standing, was used in the filming of 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.
1906 Elgin, TX (301 East 1st St.) - Since its founding this mill has organically processed cotton seed into oil. Originally a cooperative, E. O. Lundgren purchased the mill in the mid-30s and is currently operated by a 3rd generation of the Lundgren family. One of only 4 such mills in Texas, and 1 of 12 in the U.S.