Oxnard in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
American Beet Sugar Factory
The American Beet Sugar Factory was built on a 100-acre site between 5th Street and Wooley Road in 1898 at a cost of $2,000,000 by sugar industrialists Henry, James, Robert and Benjamin Oxnard. It was the second largest sugar beet factory in the world and had a capacity of 2,000 tons daily. It processed over one million 100-pound bags of sugar per season.
Albert F. Maulhardt was instrumental in bringing the factory to this area and Major J. A. Driffill was the first General Manager. At one time, 40,000 acres of sugar beets were grown in Ventura County.
The factory was demolished in 1959.
Erected by Ventura County. (Marker Number 16.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California, Ventura County Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
Location. 34° 11.851′ N, 119° 10.504′ W. Marker is in OxnardTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 E 5th Street, Oxnard CA 93030, 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. Petre Ranch House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Oxnard Pagoda (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cesar E. Chavez (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Maulhardt Winery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Olive (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hueneme Slough (approx. 3.6 miles away); Bank of Hueneme (approx. 3.7 miles away); Alaska Flight 261 Memorial (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxnard.
Regarding American Beet Sugar Factory. In the early 1890s, farmers Albert Maulhardt and Johannes Borchard discovered Ventura County's favorable conditions for a highly profitable new cash crop: the sugar beet. Not long after inviting sugar mogul Henry T. Oxnard to the area, construction began on the sugar factory. The facility brought jobs, wealth and the Southern Pacific rail line. Despite the industry's demise, the city of Oxnard still owes its name to the man who delivered prosperity.
This location is also Ventura County Historical Landmark No. 141 - Ventura County Railway - built in 1905, designated in 1992.
This 13-mile railroad carries freight between the Southern Pacific Railroad depot in Oxnard and the U.S. Naval
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on April 29, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 15, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.