Fort Morgan along the way

While traveling into Colorado on Interstate 76, one of the stops for the night was at Fort Morgan.  We had dinner at Cables Pub & Grill.

I usually have to work around the menu due to staying on a gluten-free and yeast-free eating regimen.  Itโ€™s a challenge sometimes but one has to be creative.  Cables was a pleasant restaurant with ample variety. 

Trip Advisor has good reviews at https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g33427-Fort_Morgan_Colorado-Vacations.html

I always like to search for something unique wherever I travel.  We didnโ€™t have much time to stay in Fort Morgan so I researched on Wikipedia. 

Fort Morgan began as Camp Wardwell, and was established in 1865 along the Overland Trail to protect emigrants and supplies going to and from Denver, and the mining districts.

The fort was renamed in 1866 by General John Pope for one of his staff, Colonel Christopher A. Morgan, who died earlier that year. 

During our stay I noticed a unique smell in the hotel during the night and wondered what it was.  I discovered we were across the street from the sugar factory.  I didn’t even notice the plant beforehand.  

Naturally, I had to research a little on the factory.  The โ€œGreat Western Sugar Factoryโ€ was built in 1906.  An early photo and more information is at https://www.cityoffortmorgan.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2185

I was confused a little as I read about the sugar factory; and then read about sugar beets.  So, does sugar come from beets?  According to Quora.com and Michael Shaw, a plant person, ๐Ÿ˜Š the typical red beet is certainly different from the white-colored sugar beet. 

Sugar beets are processed to make sugar.  They are not intended to be eaten as a vegetable.  However, they are the same species as garden beets.  More information can be found at https://www.quora.com/Whats-the-difference-between-Beta-vulgaris-and-Sugar-beet

While leaving Fort Morgan, I just had to have a couple of photos of the processing plant.  I would have been interested in taking a tour if I had time along the way.  Still, itโ€™s amazing what we can learn if we take a little time to check things out. 

Also, this I didnโ€™t know: โ€œToday, sugar beets account for HALF of all refined sugar production in the United States, and around 20% of all sugar in the world! Cane sugar and beet sugar are the two processed sweeteners that most of the worldโ€™s processed food industries are built upon, โ€ according to Healthy Home Economist.

The Healthy Home Economist website has additional information about sugar beets.  https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/beet-sugar/.  Do you have any further insight? 

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

16 thoughts on “Fort Morgan along the way

  1. I enjoyed the stop at Fort Morgan. I have to watch how I eat when traveling so that my sugars stay under control.

    I enjoyed the discussion about the sugar factory. There is a similar facility in my hometown of Billings, Montana. Both plants came online at about the same time.

      1. That’s neat. I hadn’t realized the beet sugar processing has been going on as long as it has. Being in the southeast I thought most sugar initially came from the sugar cane. I like expanding my knowledge base. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I knew about sugar beets, but I didn’t know this much. Thanks Ron, I love learning the story behind all the big things we see alongside the road.

    1. It was certainly a peculiar smell. It awakened me during the night as I wasnโ€™t aware of the plant being so close. I had to make sure there was no fire or chemical release, then went back to bed. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. That was not so nice in the middle of the night, if you considered it a possible chemical smell! Not a hotel you’ll revisit anytime soon.

      2. I like the hotel chain but it would have been nice to have a little notice about the potential smell until the plant corrected the issue. Thanks.

      3. I wonder would a notice result in less bookings, which might explain why they don’t highlight the issue. Hope your next visit is a better one.

      4. Yes, probably so. It should be resolved in a couple of months I understand as the plant is making some adjustments. Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

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