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Posted on: May 10, 2019

Museum Exhibit Chronicles Building of Sugar Factory

A new display in the Fort Morgan Museum’s Lower Gallery shows in vintage photographs the hectic pace of construction on the Western Sugar factory over nine months in 1906.

“Construction of the Great Western Sugar Factory: A Photographic Journey During 1906” opens Saturday, May 11, and will remain on exhibit until June 22.

The 65 chronological photographs on display document the nine months in 1906 that it took to build the Fort Morgan Great Western Sugar plant. From April to December, construction was on a non-stop, 24-hour basis, with lighting to work at night provided by a huge dynamo (generator).

As time became of the essence, more than 400 men were employed in an attempt to complete the million-dollar facility by the Oct. 1, 1906 deadline. Even though work continued at a frenzied pace and without any further delays, the factory was not finished on time.

The plant would not be completed until Thanksgiving day and on December 26, 1906, the first flume-full of sugar beets flowed into the factory for processing.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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