Imperial Sugar Mill
Pictured here are the silos that formerly held the product of the Imperial Sugar Factory – granulated sugar. To the right is the main manufacturing building with the water tower in the far right of the shot. This is a short history of the plant:
In 1838, the area of present day Sugar Land was known as Oakland Plantation. They grew cotton, corn and sugar cane. After the Civil War and around 1879, Sugar Land grew up around the Oakland Plantation, now called the Ellis Plantation. In 1908, a partnership between the Ellis Plantation and neighboring Cunningham Plantation became known as Imperial Sugar Company.
Imperial was the name of the raw sugar refinery on the property, and the company town of Sugar Land grew up around the sugar mill. From 1910 to 1959, Sugar Land was virtually self-contained. The company provided housing for the workers, schools, hospitals, a general store, and other businesses that the workers may need.
The Imperial Sugar Company in Sugar land Texas has the distinction of being the oldest, continuously operated business in Texas. They still have their corporate offices in Sugar Land, so the Imperial Sugar Company is still in operation here.
However, about 10 years ago, Imperial Sugar stopped sugar production at their Sugar Land Plant. They reported that they needed to consolidate their operations to their 2 other manufacturing plants in Louisiana and Georgia. And foreign imports of sugar were making it difficult to produce sugar and sell it at a competitive price and still make a profit.
The former property of the sugar mill was sold to a developer, and although much of the manufacturing buildings were torn down, the main manufacturing building, the distinctive 40′s style water tower, and the sugar storage silos will be saved and maintained as a historical landmark. The main building will be converted to an Imperial Sugar and Sugar Land museum on the ground floor, business offices on the second and third floors, and apartments and condo’s on the top floors.
The rest of the land will be developed into shopping and a residential planned community, with the star of the development to be a Minor League Baseball Park. The team is named The Sugar Land Skeeters, and play is scheduled to start in April of 2012.
From humble beginnings as a sugar cane plantation, Sugar Land Texas is now a beautiful, modern city of over 80,000 people.
Sugar Land became a city in 1959.
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