achieved prominence in nineteenth-century America for its efforts to
produce sugar from sugar beets; and the production of beet sugar contributed
substantially to Utah's economy for almost one hundred years.
first bold attempt was made in the early 1850s, when LDS leaders studied French manufacturing, formed a company, imported 500
bushels of seed, transported heavy machinery from Liverpool to New Orleans,
then by riverboat to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and thence via fifty-two
ox teams across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley, where it was placed
in a factory at "Sugar House," south of Salt Lake
City. Though beets were raised and processed, the factory never
quite managed to solve the chemical problems of converting beets grown
in alkali soil into granulated sugar.