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The Dow Chemical Collection - Nighttime Footage of Freeport Plant

Lake Jackson Historical Museum

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  •  Equipment prints a readout of its system monitoring 
  •  Welding 
 
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This film is a series of underexposed and silent nighttime shots of the Dow Chemical Freeport Plant.
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.