Wednesday, June 21, 1961: Desalination plant

A seawater desalination plant in Freeport, Texas, becomes operational with President Kennedy "activating" it via remote control from the White House. The plant is capable of producing a million gallons of fresh water a day, to be used by Freeport residents and Dow Chemical. (Cartoon at left is by Art Bimrose of The Oregonian newspaper in Portland.)

* Kennedy's remarks: @
* "A Press Relations Report" (U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Saline Water, October 1961): @
* "History, Function, and Program of the Office of Saline Water" (director's report, July 1963): @
* Popular Science article (March 1961): @
* Life magazine article (June 30, 1961): @
* Time magazine article (Sept. 12, 1961): @

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