Amalga, Utah

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Amalga is a town in Cache County, Utah, United States. The population was 427 at the 2000 census, a modest increase over the 1990 figure of 366. It is included in the Logan, Utah-Idaho (partial) Metropolitan Statistical Area.

A large portion of the town's population are dairy farmers, with many families owning their own herds. The town contains the Cache Valley Cheese plant. The overwhelming majority of the population belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[citation needed] Nearby Smithfield shares its Post Office and library with the town.

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History

Amalga was settled by Mormon settler Hans Jorgensen in 1869.[3][4] Other settlers began arriving in 1891.[3] By March 22, 1891, when the Alto Branch of the LDS Church was organized, the town had a schoolhouse that was used for social gatherings and church meetings.[3]

In 1916, the Amalgamated Sugar Company agreed to build a factory in town to process sugar beets, and the town name became Amalga.[3][4] A spur line was established by the Utah Idaho Central Railroad, and a large hotel opened.[3] The factory, built by Dyer Construction Company, was built by the 1917 season for $900,000.[3]

Coinciding with the organization of the city, the Amalga Ward of the LDS Church was established on March 10, 1918, choosing its name from the Amalgamated Sugar Company.[3]

The factory was shut down in 1929 due to the sugar beet blight.[3] The equipment was dismantled and reassembled in Sacramento, California.[3] The hotel was torn down, as were the workers' houses.[3] The railroad was also removed, and sugar beets were shipped by truck to Smithfield, then taken to a factory in Lewiston for processing.[3] The warehouse and land was sold to the "Tueller brothers" in late 1937.[3]

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