The Old Sugar Mill is a large brick building in Clarksburg, California, just south of Sacramento. It was built here in 1934-36, but before that it stood in Amalga, Utah—an agricultural area in Cache County, west of Smithfield. It was built there by Amalgamated Sugar Company in 1917. Amalgamated closed the mill in 1933, dismantled it, and shipped it west by rail to be rebuilt in Clarksburg. It was operated here for a short time by Amalgamated (1935-1936), then by American Crystal Sugar Company (1936-1982), and later by Delta Sugar Company (1982-1993). The building was abandoned after that, but was given new life again when it was renovated to provide tasting rooms for local wineries in 2000-2002.
As you can see, not all of the building has been renovated yet. Parts of it are still in considerable disrepair. These are the parts I and others went to explore and photograph recently on a field trip organized by Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.
These were all taken with an iPhone 5, using Hipstamatic. I’ll have some DSLR images in the next post.
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