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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

More Images of Old Sugar Land

The following article appeared in the November 1956 issue of The Imperial Crown and noted the demolition of two old buildings.  The first housed Sugar Land's meat and produce markets, but before it served those purposes, it was the town's saloon and gambling house.  I think Kempner & Eldridge repurposed it soon after they took over the Imperial Sugar Company and Sugar Land in 1908.

Here is a panoramic photo showing the building when it housed the town's meat and fresh produce markets.  It's the two-story structure in the center of the photo.  You can see the old tailor shop and shoe shop on its left.  That building became Sugar Land's first city hall in 1959.

Sugar Land's west side in the 1920s.

The article mentions that the old Marshall Canning Plant (earlier it was the Sealy Mattress Factory) was torn down at the same time.  Here are a couple of photos of that structure, which stood on the northwest corner of Main & Kempner Streets.

I found the following undated photo of Sugar Land's first drug store.  Sugar Land's first doctor's and dentist's offices were located in that building until the clinic at Ulrich & Kempner was built in the late 1930s.