The rural community cotton gin served a multi-functional purpose in late 19th Century and early 20th Century rural Texas, and the Zedler Mill and Gin in Luling was no exception. It was a place where area farmers shared the news of the day while waiting on their crops to be processed. It was a place of true economic importance, not only to the local growers and community, but to the transportation systems that profited as well as the textile mills of New England and Europe that were supplied with raw materials. The local region profited not only from the cotton industry, but from the lumber mill, the grain mill, the blacksmith shop, the mule trains, as well as water and electricity generated by the power of the San Marcos River. The Zedler Mill and Gin was a true hub of early day life in Luling.