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Lummus Cotton Gin
between 1896 and 1911

Early 20th-century steam-powered gin
This gin was manufactured by F.H. Lummus and Sons of Columbus, GA. It had 80 12-inch saws, a pneumatic elevator, a single-cylinder feeder, and a single-stand condenser. The condenser accumulated the lint as it came out of the gin through a "flue." The condenser discharged the lint onto the floor in a loose mat form so that it could then be put into the baling press. This system could gin 1-1/2 bales per hour, or 15 bales during a 12-hour workday. Earlier gins were powered by mules; this one was powered by a steam engine and operated on a plantation in Macon, GA, until at least the 1930s.

Notes
15 horsepower required to power the gin
Originally owned by A.B. Van Valkenberg, who also ran a sawmill at the site.

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