The shuttered sugar beet factory in Ovid
At the time of incorporation in 1925, it is said Ovid was named after a prominent local resident named Newton Ovid. But the town began along a siding on the railroad beside the South Platte and grew slowly over the years until the Great Depression came along and snuffed out a lot of people's dreams. The labor intensive sugar beet crop drew a lot of hard-working German immigrants from Russia to the area and the first generations prospered nicely, then came the financial crash. The townsfolk struggled on, producing wheat, potatoes and sugar beets until the local sugar beet processing plant closed in the mid-1960s. These days, Ovid is mostly a whistle stop alongside Interstate 76.
The Ovid Public Library
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