Lake Jackson was founded and developed by the Dow Chemical Co. as a
housing project for its employees during 1941-1942. The town was laid out as a model
community of permanent homes. It was named for a small lake in the vicinity of
a plantation owned by Major Abner Jackson before the Civil War. Today the town is
part of the large Brazosport industrial area on the Texas coast.
Dr. Freeman's Antique/Historical Dental Museum-
Features an extensive collection of dental equipment from the mid
1800's to early 1900's. Exterior remodeled to represent a dentist's office at the
turn of the century. Open Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday 9 - noon. 115 N.
Dixie Dr., Suite 200.
Jackson Plantation Archeological Site-
A Texas Antiquities Archeological Landmark, the site is on the banks
of Lake Jackson. The plantation was destroyed by a hurricane in 1900. Ruins of
eight buildings subject of study at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the
Brazosport Archeological Society. Free, guided walking tours available the first
Saturday of the month 10 a.m. -sundown. Handicap accessible via utility vehicle.
NE 1 mi. on F.M. 2004 from Texas 332.
Sea Center Texas-
This is a marine development, aquarium, and education center
developed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., Dow North America, and the Gulf Coast
Conservation Association. The marine fisheries center has a hatchery with the
capacity to produce 20 million fingerlings annually, primarily red drum and spotted
seatrout, for release into Texas coastal waters. The complex also has 35 one-acre
rearing ponds, a saltwater marsh demonstration project, and visitors center. It also
has two "touch tanks" for visitors to study certain animals, wall displays on
marine life, two 500-gallon aquariums, two 900-gallon aquariums, and one 50,000-gallon
aquarium. Located at intersection of Plantation Dr. and Medical Dr.
482-acre municipal park in natural state is bordered by Buffalo Camp
Bayou and the Brazos River. Interpretive quarter-mile nature loop, 4-mile hiking
trail with Brazos River views. Wildlife includes deer, wild pigs, small mammals, and
alligators along the Brazos. Picnicking, fishing, and hiking are available on Texas
332, 1 mi. west of city.