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Deseret Manufacturing Company


The Deseret Manufacturing Company was an attempted sugar-producting business venture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Deseret Manufacturing Company was founded in 1851 by Brigham Young and John Taylor to avoid the expenses of importing sugar. Their interest in the sugar beet industry led them to purchase the necessart equipment and machinery for production in 1852. Due to problems with the machinery and lack of experience, the attempt at the test factory (located in what is now Sugarhouse, Utah) was unsuccessful. The following year, a full factory was constructed in Salt Lake City. Despite the macahinery having no malfunctions, this attempt also proved unsuccessful, again due to the operators' lack of experience in sugar production. Operations ceased in 1856, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lost $50,000.

Citation, via WWW, Spetember 21, 2020 (founded in 1851 by Brigham Young and John Taylor to void import expenses; purchased factory machinery for sugar beet production in 1852; test factory failure due to problems with machinery and lack of experience; test factory located in modern-day Sugarhouse, Utah; full factory constructed in Salt Lake City in 1853; failure of second attempt due to lack of experience, despite functinoality of machinery; operations ceased in 1856; Church lost $50,000).

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Brigham Young letter to Samuel W. Richards

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 779
Scope and Contents Handwritten and signed letter dated 27 Feb. 1853 and addressed to Samuel W. Richards in Liverpool, England. The item was composed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Young reports on the condition of Utah at the end of a severe winter during which the Utahns received no mail from outside the territory. Young also writes about the sugar industry in Utah, the progress on buildings and machinery of the Deseret Manufacturing Company, the excavations on the foundation of the Salt Lake Temple, the activities...
Dates: 1853 February 27