Sugar City, Idaho

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Sugar City is a city in Madison County, Idaho, United States. The population was 1,242 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Rexburg, Idaho Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Sugar City was a company town for the Fremont County Sugar Company, which was part of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, supporting a sugar beet processing factory built in 1903-1904.[2] Since it was created to support the factory, construction workers and early factory families were housed in tents, leading to the nickname "Rag Town".[2] By 1904, the town consisted of 35 houses, two stores, a hotel, an opera house, several boarding houses, two lumber yards, a meat market, and a schoolhouse.[2] The first Mormon ward was the Sugar City Ward, with bishop Mark Austin. One of his counselors was James Malone, a construction engineer for E. H. Dyer, who was not a Mormon.[2]

In early years the factory had a labor shortage, leading to a local community of NikkeiJapanese migrants and their descendants.[2]

Geography

Sugar City is located at 43°52′20″N 111°44′50″W / 43.87222°N 111.74722°W / 43.87222; -111.74722 (43.872317, -111.747331).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.

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