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In Those Days (1976)

Lake Jackson Historical Museum

Sound | 1976

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  •  Introduction to Dow Texas Division and its origins in 1940s World War II era 
  •  Construction of roads and other infrastructure to the new plant 
  •  Magnesium Pile Plant beginnings 
  •  Beginnings of the construction of Camp Chemical 
  •  Dow built houses in Freeport 
  •  Ranch house and recreation for the families at Dow 
  •  Camp Chemical Inspections 
  •  Military Guards at Camp Chemical 
  •  Camp Chemical Trailer Park 
  •  Canal digging using dredging and drag line equipment 
  •  Magnesium Cell Building construction 
  •  Dow Office Building and Plant B Cafeteria 
  •  Magnesium Metal Plant completion 
  •  Feelings of achievement and the forgotten scars of the Dow Chemical Texas Division 
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This industrial film documents the history of Freeport and Lake Jackson and the role Dow Chemical played in its construction. Highlights include the construction of “Camp Chemical” during World War II, the development of housing for Dow Chemical employees in Lake Jackson, and the history of the contributions of the Dow Chemical Texas Division.
Dow Chemical, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is one of the world’s largest chemical companies with numerous plants and facilities all over the world. Dow Chemical’s involvement in Texas began in 1940 with the construction of the Freeport Plant in Freeport, Texas. This plant was primarily tasked with extracting magnesium from sea water, a much needed resource America's military effort in World War II. The development of the city of Lake Jackson, which served as a home for Dow employees, coincided with the construction of the Freeport Plant and as such share a mutual history. Dow Chemical in Freeport became part of a larger transformation of the Texas Coast into a major center of the oil and chemical industry.