Friday, February 18, 2011

Cotton Wagons

We wrap up Cotton Week with this picture. It shows a long line of wagons filled with cotton, being taken to the gin. 

I have to say I am sad to see Cotton Week come to an end. I enjoyed spending the last few weeks in the land of Dixie, and am not sure yet what our theme will be next week.


  1. lol cotton week was pretty cool, but I'm sure next week will top it. :)

  2. Cotton week was fascinating,but now my throat's dry. How about "small boat" week? (And you thought I was going to ask for "Speak-easy week...)

  3. I also enjoyed cotton week. My suggestion for next week, (are you taking suggestions?) is how about Baseball week? Full teams report this weekend and next week at spring training. Fenway Park turns 99 years old this April. Almost 60deg. in Boston today, Yahooo!

  4. How about early President week!

    Few people realize that George Washington was originally
    from Texas -- West Texas, to be exact. The family had a lone
    mesquite tree in their yard. One day George cut it down.
    When his father came home, he saw the tree was cut down and
    asked George if he had cut down the lone mesquite tree.
    George said, "Father, I cannot tell a lie. I cut down the
    mesquite tree."

    Whereupon, his father called out to Mrs. Washington, "Get
    packed, dear. We are moving to Virginia. George is never
    going to make it in Texas if he can't tell a lie."

  5. I enjoyed cotton week very much. Learned a few things including that gin is not only Gin. Is it my eyes or the color of this old photo or is everything as dust covered as it looks. If so, it indicates how much traffic there was on this dirt road.

  6. The road was dusty but the majority of the dust covering the landscape was most likely produced by the gin itself. Removing the seed and manipulating the fiber was a very dusty process, releasing dust caught after the bolls opened in in the fields and attracted during picking and transport. This dust in the fiber helped make up "motes", small pieces of fiber mixed with leaf trash, dust, and dirt, some of which was captured but most of it was released into the air. Most workers wore kerchiefs over their mouth and nose to keep the dust out of their lungs. Much the same problem, to a lesser extent, existed in the spinning mills and chronic lung problems plagued the industry in the early days.

  7. @jebogy
    More learning. Thank you.

  8. Anonymous, your story of George Washington is inappropriate and untrue.

    Hopefully your future comments will be developed to earn some respect among fellow Bloggers.

  9. When I was in North Carolina a year ago I remember seeing cotton fields for the first time. I almost drove the car off the road, lol. I was so perturbed. I kept asking my friend, what the hell is that in that field? XD I'm such a dork.