Peninsular Sugar Refining Company Historical

Peninsular Sugar Refining Company Historical (HM1X1L)

Location: Caro, MI 48723 Tuscola County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 28.967', W 83° 23.801'

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The beet sugar industry in Michigan began growing rapidly in the late nineteenth century. The declining lumber industry had cleared thousands of acres of land suitable for the cultivation of sugar beets. In 1897 farmers were encouraged further to grow this new crop when the state legislature offered a bounty to producers of one cent for each pound of sugar made from Michigan beets. Soon numerous beet sugar factories appeared. Many of them were in the Saginaw Valley area where both climate and soil were satisfactory for growing sugar beets. One of the companies started in this era was the Peninsular Sugar Refining Company at Caro. Organized in 1898, it was first called the Caro Sugar Company. Today it is the oldest beet sugar factory still operating in Michigan.

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The Peninsular Sugar Refining Company owes its success in part to the willingness of area farmers to grow sugar beets. A German firm built the factory in 1899 on land donated by the community. A newspaper, the Tuscola County Advertiser, publicized the venture and Charles Montague, a local businessman, raised capital for it. Farmers hauled tons of beets to the Caro factory in horse-drawn wooden-wheeled wagons and sleighs. In October of 1899, the company embarked on its first season of beet sugar production. In 1906 Peninsular
Sugar merged with several other companies to form the Michigan Sugar Company. With Charlie Sieland as superintendent, the Caro factory became known as a training ground for sugar craftsmen. Today Caro's modern automated equipment is housed in the original factory.
HM NumberHM1X1L
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1977
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
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Date Added Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 306183 N 4817219
Decimal Degrees43.48278333, -83.39668333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 28.967', W 83° 23.801'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 28' 58.02" N, 83° 23' 48.06" W
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Area Code(s)989
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 701-743 S Almer St, Caro MI 48723, US
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