Worland, named for C. H. Worland, who in 1903 established a stage station near the town site on the Bridger Trail, is about 30 miles north of Thermopolis. The town was originally built on the west side of the Big Horn River. Supposedly, after the train came through in 1915 on the east side of the river, the buildings in town were slid across the ice covering the river to the east bank the following winter.
I don't know who the owner of the sugar plant was back in the 40s and 50s, or when it was built. But for some time now the plant has been owned by Holly Sugar (a subsidiary of Imperial). The company is shrinking, and the Worland facility was one slated to be closed. In 2000 or 2001, the sugar beet farmers who depend on the plant as buyers for their crops formed a Co-op to buy the plant and keep it operational. I believe this has now been accomplished, but I know practically none of the details.
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