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362/365 – Bemis Cotton Mill

362/365 - Bemis Cotton Mill

The Bemis Cotton Mill in Jackson, Tennessee (Bemis, TN) has a long history in this community. Originally built in 1900 on 300 acres donated by the citizens of Jackson, TN and Madison County, the first mill had a capacity of 21,000 spindles and quickly became the heart of "a Great place to live", Bemis, Tennessee. Growing to employ 1,275 people at an annual payroll of $2,750,000.00, 50,000 spindles and 1,710 looms, the Bemis Mill became known as "America’s No. 1 Bag Maker."

Over the years, production began to slow and eventually brought on the official and final closing of the doors of the Bemis Cotton Mill in 1991. Since that time, the majority of the buildings have sat unused and time is and will continue to take it’s toll on the structure. The photos above were taken as a reminder of the greatness of industry in years past and as a tribute to the many people who had a hand in building Bemis and South Jackson, TN into what it is today.

For more information on "The Bemis Story", please see the following web site:

For all three photographs above, three bracketed photos were taken and combined with Photomatix to create an HDR image. Additional adjustments were then made in Photoshop CS5. The final collage was built in PS CS5 as well

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

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