Volunteers Attempting To Reassemble 12 Ton Cotton Gin

Before oil, cotton was king in East Texas, and right now, a group of volunteers is working on a huge relic of that era, trying to turn back the hands of time.

A giant, old cotton gin was found in Mt. Enterprise back in 2004 and donated to the Depot Museum on High Street in Henderson. Now, a team of volunteers are now reassembling the gin without blueprints. Built in the 1920s by a North Carolina company, it was the largest gin in the largest cotton producing county in Texas in the 1930s.

The group of volunteers hope to have it put together before the Syrup Festival in November.

If you'd like to help in the reconstruction of the gin, or if you just happen to have a cotton gin blueprint laying around, please contact the folks at the Henderson Depot Museum.

Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com