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Apr 08

The Sugar Industry in Kansas During the Late 19th Century

Posted on April 8, 2022 at 4:41 PM by Bill Sowers

Sorghum Sugar Works 1893

TWO ARTICLES ON SORGHUM SUGAR PRODUCTION IN KANSAS [1893]

Sugar production in Kansas?!?  YES!  Kansas produced sugar from sorghum sugar and sugar beets at the end of the 19th century into the early 20th century.

The State Library of Kansas presents here two reports on the sorghum sugar industry in Kansas, clipped from a promotional publication on Kansas' participation in the World's Columbian Exposition (i.e. World's Fair), held in Chicago in 1893. The reports can be found in the KGI Online Library here:

TWO ARTICLES ON SORGHUM SUGAR PRODUCTION IN KANSAS 
(WORLD'S FAIR PROMOTIONAL PUBLICATION, 1893)

Interested in further reading on sorghum sugar in Kansas? Read this article by Homer Socolofsky at the Kansas Historical Society website:

"The Bittersweet Tale of Sorghum Sugar" 
by Homer E. Socolofsky
Kansas History - Winter 1993/1994 (Vol. 16, No. 4)
Kansas Historical Society website

Your sugar thirst still not quenched?  You can find articles within various Reports of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture here:

Kansas Sugar Industry
Just check the CONTENTS notes in each record or do a search for "SUGAR" within each document.