Freeport is a city in Brazoria County, United States, located on the Gulf of Mexico. According to the 2016 census, the city population was 12,153, up from 12,049 in 2010. Freeport was founded as a European-American settlement in November 1912 by the Freeport Sulphur Company; the population was 300. However, by 1929, that population had grown to 3,500, to 4,100 by 1939, influencing a steady increase of economic expansion in Freeport. By 1937, a Freeport School District had been established, consisting of several segregated schools and 27 teachers. There were two white schools, one black school, a white high school. Freeport's most substantial economic growth began with the construction of Dow Chemical Company facilities in the city during 1939; this company is the community's largest employer. Freeport has the company's largest single manufacturing site in the 21st century. In July 1957, Freeport merged with Texas; this had been a temporary capital of the Republic of Texas during the 19th century.
Soon thereafter, Freeport's population numbered 11,619. In 2003, the city annexed nearby Bryan Beach. Port Freeport is a seaport on the Gulf of Mexico and is ranked 26th in international tonnage; the associated chemical plants provide a stable economy. Freeport is the site of the Dow Chemical Company's Texas Operations facility, the company's largest integrated site. Freeport is located in southern Brazoria County at 28°57′34″N 95°21′25″W, near the mouth of the Brazos River in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2003, the city annexed 3.5 miles of beach bounded on the northeast by the village of Quintana and continuing southwest to the mouth of the Brazos River. This beach is known as Bryan Beach, it is just a few miles away from Quintana beaches. Texas State Highway 288, the Nolan Ryan Expressway, leads north from Freeport 17 miles to Angleton, the county seat, 61 miles to downtown Houston. Texas State Highway 36 leads northwest 15 miles to Brazoria. According to the United States Census Bureau, Freeport has a total area of 17.1 square miles, of which 14.9 square miles is land and 2.1 square miles, or 12.36%, is water.
According to the census numbers as of 2016, there were 12,153 people, 3,788 households with an average of 3.17 persons per household. The median gross rent was $711.00 and the owner-occupied housing rate was 49.5%. The racial makeup of the city was 33.2% White, 13.9% African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 20.91% from other races, 3.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52.0% of the population. Languages spoken in the household other than English is 49.4%. The mean travel time to work for workers age. In 2012, there were 1,230 businesses in Freeport with women owning 552. In the city, the median age for females is 29 years old and for males is 28. 34.1 % of the population is 18 years of younger. The median income for a household in the city was $36,044; the per capita income for the city was $17,707. About 27.5% of families were below the poverty line. Freeport is in the 14th congressional district, is represented by Congressman Randy Weber.
Schools in Freeport include Brazosport High School, Freeport Intermediate School, Lanier Middle School, O. A. Fleming Elementary School, Jane Long Elementary School, Velasco Elementary School, they are all maintained through Brazosport Independent School District. Many athletics events for the district take place in Freeport at Hopper Field. Since the late 1990s, several schools have been rebuilt or are being rebuilt due to old age; such schools include Freeport Intermediate School, O. A. Fleming Elementary School, Jane Long Elementary School, Velasco Elementary School, Brazosport High School; the Freeport Library is a part of the Brazoria County Library System. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Freeport has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. City of Freeport official website Brazosport ISD Port Freeport Historic materials about Freeport, hosted by the Portal to Texas History Handbook of Texas: Freeport The Portal of Texas History Brazosport College City-Data.com Podunk: Profile for Freeport, Texas Final Report Freeport Harbor, Texas Channel Improvement Project Communication from the Assistant Secretary, Civil Works, the Department of Defense Transmitting the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project, Brazoria County, Texas Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement, Part 1 Part 2
Freeport station (Maine)
Freeport is a passenger rail station in Freeport, located on Amtrak's Downeaster line. The Downeaster operates from North Station in Boston to Brunswick Maine Street Station in Brunswick, via the Portland Transportation Center in Portland, Maine. Freeport was part of a $38.3 million project to rehabilitate 30 miles of track between Portland and Brunswick. Most of the money came from the federal government with an additional $500,000 of state money spent on platforms on Freeport and Brunswick; the first official service to the station was on November 1, 2012. Media related to Freeport station at Wikimedia Commons
SiN is a first-person shooter video game developed by Ritual Entertainment and published by Activision in 1998. It uses a modified version of the id Tech 2 engine. SiN introduced some new features to the first-person shooter genre, such as the ability to knock the weapon out of an opponent's hand and to take area-specific damage from enemies. Although driveable vehicles did not play a big part in the game, there were some sections and levels which required the player to drive certain vehicles, including an all-terrain vehicle, a patrol boat, a forklift, a helicopter. SiN featured three different types of body armor - for the legs, for the torso and for the head, with each of them depleting separately according to where the player was getting hit. SiN featured one of the highest levels of interactivity of any first-person shooter at that time. Much of the environment could be interacted with, computer terminals could be manipulated through a DOS-like command prompt, various objects could be destroyed.
A player's progression through SiN was not linear. Many levels had multiple ways in which to complete them, actions could trigger drastic changes in future levels; this feature was intended to add a level of replayability to the game and force the player to think before acting. Some of these actions could force the player to go through different set of levels while progressing through the game. SiN contained many Easter eggs, more so than most other games, ranging from some obvious signs and graffiti to entire secret hidden rooms and whole levels; the AI of the enemies in the game was rather advanced for a game of its time, with the foes being able to run for cover, call for reinforcements, locate the player throughout the levels, respond to specific scripts etc. However, there were some issues with the game code which prevented the enemies to act in the way they were supposed to and unleash their full potential. Set in the near future of 2037, many of the levels and locations are reminiscent of their current day equivalents.
Banks, building sites, sewage works and other everyday recognizable buildings form the basis of many of the levels in Sin. One major difference in the world of SiN is the lack of a police force. Ten years prior to the game, the police force collapsed due to corruption and ineffectiveness against the rising tide of crime. Private security companies have taken the police's place, with some of them patrolling the streets like the former police, some in charge of protecting their employer's assets. One of the companies which employ their own armed security forces is SinTek, a large multi-national biotechnology corporation specializing in medical and chemical research, owned by the beautiful and charismatic Elexis Sinclaire. Elexis took over the company following the mysterious disappearance of her father, Dr Thrall Sinclaire, who founded it in 2005; the protagonist of the game, Colonel John R. Blade, is the commander of one of the largest security forces in the city of Freeport, HardCorps. Prior to the beginning of the game, Blade is working to rid the streets of a potent new recreational drug named U4, gaining popularity in Freeport and is rumoured to be able to cause genetic mutations to its users.
Yet the source of the drug is still unknown, its effects not studied. As the game begins, the player is placed into the shoes of John Blade as he responds to a full-scale bank heist and hostage situation perpetrated by a well-known Freeport criminal boss, Antonio Mancini, but as the player progresses and pursues the criminal behind the heist, further questions are raised: Who is behind the heist? And is this linked to the reported appearances of mutants in the city? As the game progresses, it is revealed that the whole bank robbery is funded by Elexis Sinclaire, who in fact only wanted Mancini to steal a safety deposit box from the bank's vault; when she learns that he launched a full-scale bank heist instead, she injects him with concentrated U4 and turns him into a mutant, sending him after Blade. John manages to defeat the huge creature, afterwards learns that it was, in fact, Mancini himself. Blade finds out that the substance found in Mancini's body after his death is only manufactured by one company: SinTek.
All these unavoidable facts force Blade to embark on an investigation into SinTEK's vast industrial area located in the outskirts of Freeport. Blade learns that Elexis Sinclaire's main goal is to poison the Freeport water system with vast quantities of U4, turning all of the city's inhabitants into mutants, he manages to thwart that plan, but it turns out to be just a diversion because, in the meantime, SinTek's troops steal nuclear warheads from a U. S. military base. Elexis threatens to fill them with U4 and launch them at specific targets, turning the entire world's population into mutants; as Blade becomes aware of that, he heads to SinTek's main base. However, once Blade defeats the SinTek's security and mutants at the base, he reaches Sinclaire, only for her to escape by transferring her entire body into a rocket that launches itself into the sky and spreads everywhere, JC is unable to locate them, in Blade's fury of the escape, he smashes a button, causing the nuclear missiles to abort and cancel their launching.
Sinclaire disappears through the rockets, never to be seen again. Throughout the missions, Blade is aided via radio link by a computer expert working at HardCorps: JC, a skilled hacker, capable of breaking into the tightest of networks. In fact, Blade had first found out about JC when investigating a cracker who had broken into the HardCorps system. After tracking down the hacker, recognizing the perpetrator's talents, decided to make him a job offer at HardCorps
EverQuest is a 3D fantasy-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Verant Interactive and 989 Studios for Windows PCs. It was released by Sony Online Entertainment in March 1999 in North America, by Ubisoft in Europe in April 2000. A dedicated version for macOS was released in June 2003, which operated for ten years before being shut down in November 2013. In June 2000, Verant Interactive was absorbed into Sony Online Entertainment, who took over full development and publishing duties of the title. In February 2015, SOE's parent corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment, sold the studio to investment company Inception Acquisitions and was rebranded as Daybreak Game Company, who develops and publishes EverQuest to this day, it was the first commercially successful MMORPG to employ a 3D game engine, its success was on an unprecedented scale. EverQuest has had a wide influence on subsequent releases within the market, holds a important position in the history of massively multiplayer online games.
The game surpassed early subscription expectations and increased in popularity for many years after its release. It has received numerous awards, including the 1999 GameSpot Game of the Year and a 2007 Technology & Engineering Emmy Award. While dozens of similar games have come and gone over the years, EverQuest still endures as a viable commercial enterprise with new expansions still being released on a regular basis twenty years after its initial launch, it has spawned a number of spin-off media, including books and video games, as well a sequel, EverQuest II, which launched in 2004. Many of the elements in EverQuest have been drawn from text-based MUD games DikuMUDs, which in turn were inspired by traditional role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons. In EverQuest, players create a character by selecting one of twelve races in the game, which were humans, high-elves, wood-elves, half-elves, dark-elves, barbarians, halflings, gnomes and trolls. In the first expansion, lizard-people were introduced.
Cat-people, frog-people, dragon-people were all introduced in expansions. At creation, players select each character's adventuring occupation, a patron deity, starting city. Customization of the character facial appearance is available at creation. Players move their character throughout the medieval fantasy world of Norrath fighting monsters and enemies for treasure and experience points, optionally mastering trade skills; as they progress, players advance in level, gaining power, prestige and abilities through valorous deeds such as entering overrun castles and keeps, defeating worthy opponents found within, looting their remains. Experience and prestigious equipment can be obtained by completing quests given out by non-player characters found throughout the land. EverQuest allows players to interact with other people through role-play, joining player guilds, dueling other players; the game-world of EverQuest consists of over five hundred zones. Multiple instances of the world exist on various servers.
In the past, game server populations were visible during log-in, showed peaks of more than 3000 players per server. The design of EverQuest, like other massively multiplayer online role-playing games, makes it amenable to cooperative play, with each player having a specific role within a given group. EverQuest featured fourteen playable character classes upon release in 1999, with two others - Beastlord and Berzerker - added in the Shadows of Luclin and Gates of Discord expansions, respectively; each class falls within one of four general categories based on playstyle and the type of abilities they use, with certain classes being restricted to particular races. Melee classes are those which fight at close quarters and use direct physical attacks as opposed to magic; these include the Warrior, a tank-based character which wears heavy armor and is designed to take damage for its group using a taunt ability. Priest classes are healers who learn magic that can mend the wounds of their allies or themselves.
The Priest classes are made up of the Cleric, a specialized support class that wears heavy armor and is adept at healing and strengthening their allies. Casters are sorcerers which wear light armor but command powerful spells; those among them include the Wizard, a specialized damage-dealing class which uses the power of fire and pure magic energy for devastating effect as well as teleportation abilities.
Freeport is the county seat and largest city of Stephenson County, Illinois. The population was 25,638 at the 2010 census, the mayor of Freeport is Jodi Miller, elected in 2017. Freeport is known for hosting the second Lincoln-Douglas debate of 1858, as "Pretzel City, USA", named after the heritage of its Germanic settlers in the 1850s and the Billerbeck Bakery pretzel company that started as a result of their arrival. Freeport High School's mascot is the Pretzel to honor this unique heritage; the community was called Winneshiek. When it was incorporated, the new municipality took its name from the generosity of Tutty Baker, credited with running a "free port" on the Pecatonica River; the name "Winneshiek" was adopted, is preserved to this day, by the Freeport Community Theatre Group. In 1837, Stephenson County was formed and Freeport became its seat of government in 1838. Linked by a stagecoach with Chicago, the community grew rapidly. In 1840, a frame courthouse was erected and the first school was founded.
Within two years, Freeport had two newspapers and in 1853, the two were joined by a third which published in German. By the community had a population of 2,000. On August 27, 1858, the second debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place in Freeport and gave the nation direction in the following years. Although Stephen Douglas won the election and retained his U. S. Senate seat, his reply to a question on slavery alienated the South, which called it the "Freeport Heresy", split the Democratic Party; this enabled Abraham Lincoln to win the Presidency in 1860. A monument to the debate was dedicated in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt and stands at this site. A life size statue recreating the event was dedicated in 1992. Another renowned statue, Lincoln the Debator by Leonard Crunelle, is a focal point in the city's Taylor Park. In many years there is a reenactment of the debate, shown on C-SPAN. Freeport is known as the "Pretzel City", its public high school's team is named the Pretzels.
The nickname is a reminder of Freeport's ethnic heritage. In 1869, a German immigrant named John Billerbeck established the Billerbeck Bakery, which distributed so many pretzels to residents that the local newspaper dubbed Freeport the "Pretzel City"; the city capitalized on this nickname in 2003 by starting Freeport's first Pretzel Festival. Freeport is home to the oldest Carnegie Library in Illinois and one of the first Carnegie Libraries designed by the famous Chicago architectural firm of Patton and Miller, it was renovated into Freeport's City Hall and City offices were moved to Carnegie City Hall in February 2017. The City of Freeport transitioned to the City Manager Form of Government in May 2017; the first City Manager is Lowell Crow. Before February 1893, a large square of land was purchased from the former Keller-Wittbecker farm in East Freeport; some of this land had been subdivided and platted as the "Arcade Addition". The Arcade Manufacturing Company had been in operation since 1885 when the previous Novelty Iron Works had gone out of business at the corner of Chicago and Jackson streets.
That earlier company began as early as 1868. After the 1892 fire, the Arcade Manufacturing Company built an new factory in the Arcade Addition of East Freeport, where they produced coffee mills and other metal products; the historic Germania Club on Stephenson St. collapsed in 2007. Freeport is located 20 miles south of the Wisconsin state line, at the center of a large agricultural area, located about 25 miles west of Rockford. According to the 2010 census, Freeport has a total area of 11.79 square miles, of which 11.78 square miles is land and 0.01 square miles is water. U. S. Route 20 is a four-lane divided highway. At Rockford, it links with Interstates 90 and 39, giving Freeport residents access to the entire Interstate system. I-90 is the major route between Seattle. I-39 extends from Rockford to Bloomington, where it links with I-74 and I-55. From Freeport, U. S. 20 continues west to Galena, the metropolitan area of Dubuque, Iowa. The area code for Freeport is 815 with an overlay area code of 779 as of March 17, 2007.
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,443 people, 11,222 households, 6,845 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,316.9 people per square mile. There were 12,471 housing units at an average density of 1,092.7/sq mi. The racial makeup of the city was 81.77% White, 13.81% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, 2.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.12% of the population. There were 11,222 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.0% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.93. In the city, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males. The median income for a household in the city was $35,399, the median income for a family was $43,787. Ma
Braintree Freeport railway station
Braintree Freeport railway station is on the Braintree Branch Line in the East of England, serving the Freeport out-of-town shopping centre in Braintree, Essex. It is 44 miles 16 chains down the line from London Liverpool Street via Witham and it is situated between Cressing to the south and Braintree to the north, its three-letter station code is BTP. The platform has an operational length for eight-coach trains; the station is managed by Abellio Greater Anglia, which operates all trains serving it. The station was opened on 8 November 1999. There is a single, unstaffed platform with a shelter and a self-service ticket machine but there is no station building or other facilities. Despite having 1,500 free car-parking spaces for the shopping centre and there being no pay machines on site, a charge has been implemented for long-stay car parking beyond six hours for which users pay via phone or online; the typical off-peak service is of one train per hour to Braintree and one to Witham, where Monday-Saturday services continue onto the Great Eastern Main Line for London Liverpool Street.
On Sundays services terminate at Witham and passengers travelling on towards London must change for a connecting train. Services are formed by Class 321 electric multiple units, but Class 360 units may be utilised. Report on proposed footbridge from Essex County Council
Freeport, New York
Freeport is a village in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, US, on the South Shore of Long Island. The population was 43,713 at the 2010 census. A settlement since the 1640s, it was once an oystering community and a resort popular with the New York City theater community, it is now a bedroom suburb but retains a modest commercial waterfront and some light industry. It is serviced by the Freeport station on the Long Island Rail Road. Freeport lies on the South Shore of Long Island, in the southwestern part of Nassau County, within the town of Hempstead. Freeport has its own municipal electric utility, police and water departments. Freeport has a station on the Long Island Rail Road; the south part of the village is penetrated by several canals that allow access to the Atlantic Ocean by means of passage through salt marshes. The oldest canal is the late 19th-century Woodcleft Canal. Freeport has extensive small-boat facilities and a resident fishing fleet, as well as charter and open water fishing boats.
Freeport is located at 40°39′14″N 73°35′13″W. The village is bisected by east-west New York State Route 27. Meadowbrook Parkway defines its eastern boundary. Baldwin lies to the west, Merrick to the east, Roosevelt to the north. Freeport is bounded to the south by salt bays. Freeport's government is made up of a mayor, who are elected to four-year terms. Freeport's first African American mayor, Andrew Hardwick, was elected in 2009; the other current Trustees are, Carmen Piñeyro, Ronald Ellerbe, William White. Freeport's current government is a bipartisan coalition of Republicans; as of the census of 2000, there were 43,783 people, 13,504 households, 9,911 families residing in the village. The population density was 9,531.3 people per square mile. There were 13,819 housing units at an average density of 3,008.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 42.9% White, 32.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 17.2% from other races, 5.4% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.5% of the population. There were 13,504 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.6% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20 and the average family size was 3.65. In the village, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males. The median income for a household in the village in 1999 was $55,948, the median income for a family was $61,673. Males had a median income of $37,465 versus $31,869 for females; the per capita income for the village was $21,288.
About 8.0% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over. As of 2010, the population was 42,860; the demographics were as follows: Hispanic – 17,858 Black alone – 13,226 White alone – 10,113 Asian alone – 669 Two or more races – 174 Other race alone – 292 American Indian alone – 94 Freeport is served by the Freeport station on the Long Island Rail Road Babylon Branch. It is a hub for several Nassau Inter-County Express bus routes. N4: Freeport – Jamaica N19: Freeport – Sunrise Mall N40: Freeport – Mineola via North Main Street N41: Freeport – Mineola via Babylon Turnpike N43: Freeport – Roosevelt Field Mall N88: Freeport – Jones Beach Before people of European ancestry came to the area, the land was part of the territory of the Meroke Indians.<uref name=Bleyer>Bill Bleyer, Freeport: Action on the Nautical Mile, Newsday.com. Retrieved November 14, 2008. Archival copy at the Wayback Machine.</ref> Written records of the community go back to the 1640s.
The village now known as Freeport was part of an area called "the Great South Woods" during colonial times. In the mid-17th century, the area was renamed Raynor South, Raynortown, after a herdsman named Edward Raynor, who had moved to the area from Hempstead in 1659, cleared land, built a cabin. In 1853, residents voted to rename the village Freeport, adopting a variant of a nickname used by ship captains during colonial times because they were not charged customs duties to land their cargo. After the Civil War, Freeport became a center for commercial oystering; this trade began to decline as early as the beginning of the 20th century because of changing salinity and increased pollution in Great South Bay. Nonetheless as of the early 21st century Freeport and nearby Point Lookout have the largest concentration of commercial fishing activity anywhere near New York City. From 1868, Freeport was served by the Southside Railroad, a major boon to development; the most prominent figure in this boom was developer John J. Randall.
Randall, who opposed all of Freeport's being laid out in a grid, put up a Victori