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Rome in Floyd County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Cotton Gin

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 11, 2021
1. Cotton Gin Marker
Inscription.  Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793 while teaching in Georgia. His invention of the cotton gin revolutionized the economy of the American South. With the cotton gin it became easier and quicker to separate the fiber from the seed. Before the invention of the cotton gin, Georgia produced 1,000 bales a year, but by 1860, the yield was 700,000 bales a year.

Whitney's gin consisted of a cylinder to which a number of sawlike teeth were attached. As the cylinder revolved, the teeth passed through the closely spaced ribs of a fixed comb. When the cotton was fed into the gin, the teeth caught the cotton fibers and pulled them through the comb. The seeds, which were too large to pass through the ribs, were left behind. This principle, with very little modification, is still employed in the modern gins used today.

The actual age of this cotton gin is unknown, but the fact that it sat on a wooden stand makes it very old. It never ginned cotton picked mechanically until 1963, and at that time, it was the oldest cotton gin still in use in Floyd County.
 
Erected by City of Rome.
 
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historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1793.
 
Location. 34° 15.714′ N, 85° 9.98′ W. Marker is in Rome, Georgia, in Floyd County. Marker is on Civic Center Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 Civic Center Drive, Rome GA 30161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. De Soto In Georgia (a few steps from this marker); Federal Occupation of Rome (within shouting distance of this marker); French’s Div. at Rome (within shouting distance of this marker); Davis’ March to Rome (within shouting distance of this marker); Admiral John Henry Towers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spanish-American War Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Floyd County World War I Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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