Copied from Subsoldier and Democrat
(Corinth, Miss.), S. G. Barr, editor, May 13, 1881.
One of the most important industries of the
State is Bay Springs Factory situated in Tishomingo County
and owned by Col. John M. Nelson. It is situated about 25
miles south of Iuka and 20 miles east of Booneville. It
runs about 800 spindles, makes yarns, cotton rope, etc.,
also a wool-carding machine, a cotton gin, a saw and grist
mill, all attached and run by water power. There is,
perhaps, no other water power in the state to equal it. It
has a sufficient head for 2,000 spindles and 40 looms and is
never failing. The stream is about 160 feet wide with a
solid rock bottom and solid rock banks about 30 feet high.
It is in a cotton section.
The Bay Springs Factory is just at its
beginning. The time is near at hand when it will be one of
the largest manufacturing enterprises of the South. There
is no citizen in the South more capable of demonstrating
that she can be made a cotton manufacturing, as well as a
cotton-growing state, than Col. Nelson.
Nabors, S. M. History of Old Tishomingo County 1832-1940.
Contributed by Tishomingo County Historical &