Driving into Longmont last week, I stopped to take some photos of an establishment that was once the center of commerce in this farming community. It fit into my No Comfort Zone challenge because I had to reprogram my habits and pull over, get out, cross the field and do the deed. This building has been beckoning me FOREVER and I finally did it.
This is a photo of the Great Western Sugar Company‘s Longmont plant. The Front Range of Colorado was dotted with these plants because sugar beets were highly lucrative for all concerned. The warm dry weather helped .make the sugar content just right and the cool nights added the perfect touch.
This sugar mill was built in 1905 and stopped production in 1980. Rail lines went right to the plant and Colorado sugar was made and used across the country.
But, alas, the once thriving building is now defunct with only a hint of the beauty and power that once stood there.