Clewiston is known as "America's Sweetest Town". Clewiston is located on the southern tip of Lake Okeechobee, the rich fertile soil produces sugar cane which grows as high as twelve feet tall.
In 1929 the Southern Sugar Company opened the doors of the first mill which had a daily capacity of 1,500 tons. The company controlled 13,000 acres of land whose principal crop was sugar can. After the stock market crash the company control was taken over by Charles Stewart Mott, Vice President of General Motors Corp. He changed the name of the company to United States Sugar Corporation. By 1934, they produced the largest tonnage of sugar cane and raw sugar in the history of Florida. By 1948 it was the largest raw sugar house in the United States.
Today, you can take a Sugarland Express tour of a local farm and mill. Take the three hour boat tour that explains Lake Okeechobee's historic and natural heritage. Be sure to visit the Clewiston Museum, located in the old police stations and jail. The Clewiston Sugar Festival, held in April, is an annual event celebrating the town's primary industry, the growing of sugarcane, and the end of the cane harvest.
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