The is Dow (Of Dow Chemicals) country. On our morning walk around Vickie's Dad's property we also hiked over some of Dow land. We learned that brine was the start of it all. They mined brine from the underlying sea bed that makes up this land area and that started the manufacture of their chemicals.
It is obvious that Dow was and is a big part of Midland as the world headquarters is here. There is Dow Diamond, the baseball field, and the statue of Mr. Dow; there are places with "chemical" names like CaFe Zinc and H hotel; there is Chemical Bank; and there is this line up of monuments in the park.
Vickie's Dad worked at Dow for 35 years, and during that time he built the family house -- I mean he built the house -- in his "spare time", and was a hobbiest farmer/rancher with 12 head of cattle, a few farm animals like chickens and a horse, and wheat fields and apple orchards taking up only a part of his 60 acres. He didn't start out with 60 acres but with hard work and dedication, and encouraging support from his wife, he acquired his dream.
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