#768:  Site of Nation's First Successful Beet Sugar Factory

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Dyer St at Ratekin Dr, Union City



State Plaque



From the plaque:

The factory was built in 1870 by E. H. Dyer, “Father of the American Beet Sugar Industry.” Located on a corner of Dyer’s farm, the small factory began processing sugarbeets on November 15, 1870 and produced 293 tons of sugar during its first operating season. The plant has since been completely rebuilt on the original site.

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Holly Sugar Corporation. May 17, 1962

©2009 David Schmitt