The Sugarhouse District in Salt Lake City gained its name during various attempts by pioneer companies to economically refine sugar from sugar beets.
Sugarhouse Park was also the site of the first prison in Utah. The Sugarhouse prison was built in 1853. The adobe prison was torn down in 1951, and the prisoners moved to the new facility at the point of the mountain.
The merchants of Sugarhouse have long strived to create an alternative shopping district to downtown. With recent major renovations, the Sugarhouse shopping district maintains its reputation as an upscale shopping district with an intriguing combination of modern and older architeture.