Great Western Sugar Company
For more than half a century, the Great Western Sugar Company helped drive the economy of Colorado's eastern prairies. The conglomerate built fifteen processing plants along the South Platte and Arkansas Rivers between 1901 and 1910, creating economic opportunity for local farmers laborers, packers, shippers, and sundry other agents. Towns competed vigorously to attract Great Western mills, and no wonder: After Fort Morgan's factory opened in 1906, the city's land values soared from $40 to $250 per acre. Great Western prospered into the 1970s, but corporate neglect caused a steep decline; one by one its plants shut down. The Fort Morgan site closed in 1985 but reopened in 1986 under new ownership, and a new name - Western Sugar. Today it and a Greeley mill are all that remain of Great Western's sugar kingdom in Colorado.
|Series||This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series|
|Placed By||Colorado Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 1:28am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 601924 N 4458125|
|Decimal Degrees||40.26740000, -103.80126667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 16.044', W 103° 48.076'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 16' 2.64" N, 103° 48' 4.56" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||970, 303|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 755-799 Curry St, Fort Morgan CO 80701, US|
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