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The Dow Chemical Collection - Scenes of Brazosport and Freeport Texas (1979)

Lake Jackson Historical Museum

Silent | 1979

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  •  Fishing along the gulf coast 
  •  Great Egret landing near the Dow Chemical Plant 
  •  Gulls and terns on chemical plant equipment 
  •  Bird watchers observing birds in the Plant’s vicinity 
  •  Shrimp boat coming into harbor 
  •  Oil tanker in port 
  •  Fishing along the port 
  •  Dow chemical water tower 
  •  Oil tanker leaving port 
  •  Surfer surfing 
  •  Shrimp boat leaving port, passing oil tanker 
  •  Gulls and terns in the port’s estuaries 
  •  Scenes with bird watchers 
  •  Boats along the gulf port channel 
  •  Scenes of boats entering and exiting port 
  •  Small bird running along the beach. 
  •  Bird watchers trekking through forest to photograph birds 
  •  Great egrets wading in a pool near chemical plant 
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This film includes scenes of Dow Chemical in Brazosport and Freeport, Texas during the 1970s. Most of the film is scenes of the Brazos River, and the estuaries, jetties, and other waterways of the lower Brazos River. Scenes of boats, surfing, shrimping, and birds are included.
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.