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Although the mill has not functioned for decades, many long term residents of the area still remember it being in operation.
In the early 1930's, farmers used to bring their grain by horse-pulled carriages to be processed at the mill.
It sits along the banks of the Big Cotton Indian Creek in Clayton County in the little community of Rex.
One of several outlets in the dams face, for the discharge of water through the dam.GPS: 33' 35.59'N, 84' 16.12'W 784'/239 meters Jonesboro Quadrangle
It was built in 1830 by I.L. Hollingsworth, and named after his dog, Rex.
The words imprinted on the mill front in 2008, when Google Street Maps photographed the area read, Lone Star Feed and Grain.
The heron managed to get on quite a few photos taken by Mr. Bannister while phtographing the mill. It was on the dam wall near the former sluice, but was chased off by a tabby cat.
The town of Rex was later named after the mill. The mill hasn't been operational for several decades. According to a local man I spoke to when taking these photos, the current owner has plans to restore the mill, but he said it would take a lot of money.
The man said it was built in 1837, but in its listing on the National Register of Historic Places website, (http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/GA/Clayton/state.html), its period of significance is 1826-1949, so that would indicate that it was built in 1826 or earlier. The main loading/unloading dock of the mill.
Also a drive in access to the mill on the east side, just off Rex Road.
Notice the great blue heron and the black muskovie duck in the creek. All above images copyright 2012 Kevin Bannister; "All rights reserved".
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