Hamlton City (Glenn County), California

1806 - 2006

What is known today as the Holly Sugar Plant was originally built by James Hamilton and his Alta California Beet Sugar Company in 1906. In 1908 the company's name changed to Sacramento Valley Sugar Co. It was sold in 1936 to Spreckels Sugar Co., owner of Holly Sugar. The Holly Sugar company was founded in 1905 in Holly, Colorado. Its founder, Kenneth Schley, liked the name Holly because holly berries were traditional symbols of friendship and good cheer. In 1988 Holly was bought by Imperial Sugar. The Imperial Holly Corporation, as it was called, bought Spreckles in 1996, and it is now the largest sugar processor and refiner in the the country. In 2005, the plant was sold to a Yuba City CA dried plum processor and shipper.

On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 demolition of portions of the Holly Sugar Plant is slated to begin. This may mean the end of rail activity at the plant and along the Hamilton City Branch of the California Northern Railroad.

The information and images provided on the following pages is intended to be a Quick Glimpse of the Holly Sugar Plant just prior to demolition. For those surfing the web, this site is NOT

A History of Hamilton City

A History of Holly Sugar or any of its plants or corporate relatives

A California Northern Railroad site

A Southern Pacific Railroad site,

and its author is NOT an EXPERT on anything.

With that caveat made clear, welcome. Please click to continue.