In its early days, Sugar Land found its strength in sugarcane production. As settlers began farming and creating plantations, sugar became the primary industry. The sugar refinery, built in 1896, was purchased by the Imperial Sugar Company in 1908. It was the Imperial Sugar Company that developed the town, modernizing the refinery and building houses for the employees and their families. To find out more about Sugar Land, and what pieces of history you can still see on the tour, just keep reading!