Sugar Cane Mill

Sugar Cane Mill (HM28C0)

Location: Bay City, TX 77414 Matagorda County
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N 28° 58.959', W 95° 58.217'

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Sugar cane mills were used to make syrup from the sweet sorghum cane that grew extensively along Caney Creek in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

Once the cane was stripped, topped, and cut, it was hand-fed into one side of the mill. A series of rollers ground the cane and produced a steady stream of sugar cane juice out the other side. After straining the juice, it was put into a huge kettle, where it simmered for more than four hours.

Impurities in the juice floated to the top, were skimmed, and the mixture evaporated down into thick pure syrup. Eighty gallons of juice would produce approximately 8 gallons of syrup.

This mill, the "Victor No. 6", came from the Ashwood Plantation on Caney Creek. It was manufactured by L.M. Rumsey & Co. in St. Louis, Missouri around 1900 and could produce 170 gallons of juice per hour and up to 40 acres per season. Smaller mills such as this 1,850-pound one were usually horse or mule powered; later small tractors replaced the animals.

It belonged to the Charles Leroy family, who came to Ashwood and established a plantation on Caney Creek before 1910. Their granddaughter, Mae Smith, donated it to the Matagorda County Museum before her death in 2002.
HM NumberHM28C0
Placed ByMatagorda County Museum
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Date Added Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 210577 N 3209700
Decimal Degrees28.98265000, -95.97028333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 58.959', W 95° 58.217'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 58' 57.54" N, 95° 58' 13.02" W
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Area Code(s)979, 281
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2100 Avenue F, Bay City TX 77414, US
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