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Site of the Nationís First Successful Beet Sugar Factory

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
1. Site of the Nationís First Successful Beet Sugar Factory Marker
Inscription. The factory was built in 1870 by E. H. Dyer, “Father of the American Beet Sugar Industry.” Located on a corner of Dyerís farm, the small factory began processing sugarbeets on November 15, 1870, and produced 293 tons of sugar during its first operating season. The plant has since been completely rebuilt on the original site.
 
Erected 1962 by California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Holly Sugar Corporation. (Marker Number 768.)
 
Location. 37° 36.032′ N, 122° 4.231′ W. Marker is in Union City, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Dyer Street and Ratekin Drive, on the right when traveling west on Dyer Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union City CA 94587, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flight 93 Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); First County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Honcharenkoís Sanctuary (approx. 3 miles away); Leal Tank House (approx. 3.2 miles away); Ardenwood Historic Farm / George Washington Patterson Ranch (approx. 3.2 miles
Site of the Nationís First Successful Beet Sugar Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
2. Site of the Nationís First Successful Beet Sugar Factory Marker
away); Hayward Public Library (approx. 4.9 miles away); Rancho San Lorenzo (approx. 4.9 miles away); NSGW Hall - Eden Parlor No. 113 (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union City.
 
Regarding Site of the Nationís First Successful Beet Sugar Factory. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.768 on November 3. 1961
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Article on E. H. Dyer. (Submitted on January 17, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. All About Sugarbeets. An essay regarding the sugarbeet by Stephen Kaffka and F. Jackson Hills, University of California, Davis. (Submitted on January 17, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. The History of Union City. The coming years saw major industries start to settle in the area. Captain Richard Barron's salt manufacturing facility along the marsh lands of Alvarado Creek (1856) led the way and was followed by John Quigley's Alvarado Salt Works (1862), the Plummer's Turk Island Salt Works (1868), E.H. Dyer's beet sugar factory in Alvarado (1869), the Horner brother's flourmill, Gold Medal Flour (1870), the Pacific Coast Sugar Company (1886), and the Pacific States Steel Company in Decoto (1938). Turk Island Salt Works later became the foundation of the Morton Salt Company. The Dyer's sugar mill was the first successful beet sugar factory in the United States and later went on to be purchased by the California Beet Sugar Company (1870), repurchased by E.H. Dyer's Standard Sugar Company (1880), and sold to the Holly Sugar Corporation (1925). In its prime, Pacific States Steel was one of the largest employers in southern Alameda County, but financial difficulties forced it to close its doors in 1978. (Submitted on January 17, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,961 times since then and 71 times this year. Last updated on December 20, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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