The factory was built in 1891 during the height of Utah sugar production. American Fork was also competing for the factory. In the American Fork library there is a copy of a pamphlet put out by American Fork to show all the wonderful amenities our city had to offer prospective industries. What they should have offered was a building site and land for a beet farm. Lehi did just that...40 acres for the factory and 1,500 acres of land. They also built a road to the location, bought stock in the company and gave perpetual water rights. Also a plus...two railroads passed nearby...The Rio Grande and the Western Pacific.
American Fork offered photos of lovely homes and a picture of the Postmaster...who was famous for his mustache and cape. Who would pass over sedately boring American Fork in favor of boisterous "shoot 'em up" cowboy town Lehi? Lehi celebrated their victory with bonfires of looted property and free barrels of beer. Well done, Lehi...well done!