Restored Gin To Recreate History In Rusk County

Future generations will be able to see what sustained families and the economy in times past.

A huge cotton gin is being donated by a private collector to the Depot Museum on High Street in Henderson.

The Mount Enterprise Gin will be restored over the next five years. It was one of 52 cotton gins in the Henderson area, and cotton was the main cash crop in Rusk County from the 1830s to the 1930s.

"I would love to see them if they didn't get any cotton bales to just hear the motor run," says Mark Barts, who donated the gin.

"We're real excited about bringing this to Rusk County and East Texas and hope we can run a little cotton," says director of the Depot Museum, Susan Weaver.

Restoration of the cotton gin is expected to cost one-half million dollars, and the Depot Museum is in need of donations and others to help on the project. The museum on High Street in Henderson is now 25 years old.