“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Sugar City in Madison County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Sugar City Sugar Beet Factory

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By Barry Swackhamer, August 12, 2019
1. Sugar City Sugar Beet Factory Marker
Inscription.  In August 1903, Mark Austin negotiated the purchase of a section of land here, the south half to be used as this town site and the north half, about 1/2 mile northeast, to be used for a sugar beet factory for the Fremont County Sugar Company. By October 1903, E.H. Dyer had contracted to build the $750,000 factor. Early in 1904, the company signed an additional contract with Dyer providing for the erection of an auxiliary plant at Parker, bringing the total to nearly $1 million.
On December 8, 1903, President Joseph F. Smith, elected president of the company, laid the cornerstone of the factory which processed 35,000 tons of beets the next fall. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent 3 chemists from Germany to teach the people how to make sugar.
Growing beets required very hard labor. Planting, cultivating, and digging were done with horses, but the difficult thinning, weeding, irrigating, toping, and loading were done by hand by the farmer and his family. In 1906 the company paid laborers and growers $3/4 million. The town grew and 20 businesses flourished here.
At the slicer in Parker, beet juice was extracted
Sugar City Sugar Beet Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 12, 2019
2. Sugar City Sugar Beet Factory Marker
and pumped almost 6 miles away through a pipeline to the factory in Sugar City. The slicer was closed in 1913 because of difficulties incident to the extremely cold weather. Juice would freeze in the pipeline, and the water and beets would freeze in the flume.
Because of limitations of acreage and labor, the factory was closed in 1940 and 1941 but reopened for the last campaign in 1942. The factory was dismantled in 1947.
Erected 1999. (Marker Number 525.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
Location. 43° 52.381′ N, 111° 44.623′ W. Marker is in Sugar City, Idaho, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Avenue and Center Street, on the right when traveling south on Park Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 42 Park Avenue, Sugar City ID 83448, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thomas C. Neibaur Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Settlement of Salem, Idaho (approx. 1.7 miles away); Rexburg Milling Company (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Tithing Barn Block (approx. 3 miles away); Teton City Settlers (approx.
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3.7 miles away); The Teton Dam Flood Marker (approx. 3.7 miles away); In Honor of the Rexburg Stake Pioneers (approx. 3.7 miles away); Rexburg Tabernacle Centennial (approx. 3.7 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is located at Veteran's Park.
Categories. Industry & Commerce

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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