In this 1960s home movie, Dow Chemical employees and their families partake in a company picnic in Lake Jackson. Before sitting down to eat, attendees first watch a the Clemens Combo Prison Band perform. The musicians play several songs, while another member entertains with a tap dance. Later, participants enjoy attractions like a six-car Ferris wheel, prize giveaway, and pony ride.
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.