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[Refinery at Sugar Land]

Description: Photograph is an enlargement of the original photograph of the refinery at Sugar Land, Texas. There is a nine story building to the left of photo. Smoke stack in center blowing thick, black clouds of smoke extending across the right side of the photo. White two story building on right with porch facing right edge of photo. Photograph is mounted on white cardboard substrate with a label in black at bottom that reads: "The oldest known photograph of the refinery at Sugar Land was taken in the 1890's. Historians think it was 1894. At that time Sugar Land had a rooming house and a general store but not much more." Back of cardboard is gray. Image dimensions are: 24 cm X 15.9 cm. Scanned image is of this copy.
Date: 1894
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Cunningham Refinery in Sugar Land, Texas]

Description: Photograph of Cunningham Refinery in Sugar Land, Texas. A large group of people are standing/seated in front of the refinery. The front building is a three story building flanked by several other buildings. A building to the far left that is behind the front three story building is a multistory building with painted writing that reads: CUNNINGHAM REFINERY OPERATED BY IMPERIAL SUGAR COMPANY. Smoke stack and water tower seen over top of front building roof at the center of the photo. Written at bottom of photograph: Schlueter Houston. The photograph is mounted on a dark gray cardboard substrate. The cardboard is broken in two places. Small holes in portrait.
Date: unknown
Partner: Fort Bend Museum