Texas Cotton Gin Museum was designated, on June 19, 2009, as the Official Cotton Gin Museum of Texas. The museum invites you to join them as you step back in time. You will take a look at a period when cotton was king. The Texas Cotton Gin Museum was built in 1914 in Burton, Texas. Burton, Texas is a small rural German community with 350 people, living in the town. Burton, Texas is located halfway between Houston and Austin, on Highway 290. There you will find the oldest working cotton gin, in America. Guided by the Smithsonian and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, volunteers restored the 1925 Bessemer twin-type IV oil engine. This engine still powers the gin today. There are other historic buildings at the Texas Cotton Gin Museum complex which includes a shoe shop, warehouse, and auto shop. This Texas Historical Landmark, a Historical Mechanical Engineering Landmark is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This Texas Cotton Gin Museum is visited by thousands of visitors annually.
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