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 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2006
[Broken window in a church after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Broken window in a church after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Seen from inside a church, a man is standing on a window sill of a tall window on the right. He is reaching up removing jagged pieces of the glass remaining in the window. On the left, a statue depicting Jesus Christ stands on a shelf above a small altar. A candle in a candleholder, two small votive candles and a dish of flowers sit on the altar which is near the front of the Church, behind the wooden communion rail gates. Hanging on the wall on the right is a depiction of the 14th Station from the Stations of the Cross, showing the placement of Jesus' body in the tomb after the crucifixion.
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[A view of the port from a residential area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[A view of the port from a residential area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: This photograph was taken from above street level from the post office located at the NW corner of 6th Street and 3rd Avenue, looking toward the port. At a four-way intersection with a stoplight, two policemen direct traffic. Some refinery facilities and the grain elevator are visible in the distance and clouds of dark smoke flow from left to right. Approximately 20 cars are visible, driving along the streets or parked along the roadsides. Two women walk down a street. Three men stand at a corner facing toward the port. An official stands with one policeman watching traffic go by. Diagonally across the interstection are several empty lots, but a number of houses, one large industrial building and a store are visible in the distance. The store, located on the corner of the next street, has signage on it that reads "Cookies. Grocery & Market, CocaCola". Two portable signs are on short poles at entrance of street headed to port area on the left. The legible sign on the right reads "One way, do not enter."
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[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Two storage tanks sit on a strip of land between two retention basins full of water. One tank, in the middle of the picture, has exploded and is completed destroyed. Another tank to its right is heavily dented with compression damage especially visible along the top. In the distance are other refinery structures and other storage tanks. To the far left is a long piece of metal debris, possibly from the destroyed storage tank, with the number "325" on the debris.
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[Interior view of a damaged storage tank after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Interior view of a damaged storage tank after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: An interior view of the top of a metal cylindrical storage tank. Metal structural supports hang twisted and broken on the left side, lower left, and right middle portions of the photograph. Other interior metal suports are twisted and bent. There is a hole in the left center portion of the top of the tank near the side/top joining.
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[Damaged cooling tower after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Damaged cooling tower after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Refinery structures after the Texas City disaster. The round storage tank on the left shows compression denting along the top seam and the side and a large puncture or dent near the bottom. A small sheet metal structure standing next to that tank has damage and missing sections in several places. Some wooden boards, perhaps arranged as a walkway, are visible lying on the ground in front of the structures. The ground appears to be wet, perhaps with spilled petroleum products, in a number of places. The cooling tower looks to have an object imbedded in it at the bottom of the top section of the structure made of horizontal slats.
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[Pipeline and structural damage to piers after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Pipeline and structural damage to piers after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Multiple pipelines, running along the bay toward the loading docks, lie broken and twisted near the water. Some pipelines hang into the waters of the bay. A metal track extends to the water with its supports missing. Broken pilings and wharf supports have been destroyed and debris is scattered all along the shore and covers a section of the water. On the right, large metal frameworks covering a track or conveyor system have twisted and buckled. In the distance, hoisting cranes and loading structures can be seen.
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[The Longhorn II washed ashore after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[The Longhorn II washed ashore after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: The cargo ship Longhorn II sits on land down near the wharves. Twisted metal structures can be seen on deck. Men are working on deck. Other men are walking along the wharf and pier area looking at damage. Wooden and metal debris is scattered all along the shoreline, and debris covers the surface of the water down by the piers. The wooden pier structure along the shore has been destroyed. A piece of machinery sits near the edge of the shore in the foreground. The top of a large crane is visible in the distance behind the ship.
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[Tanker cars near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Tanker cars near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Two lines of railroad tanker cars sits on tracks near the docks in front of the Seatrain loader crane. On the far right in the distance can be seen a large ship with visible damage. Cars are parked along the road leading to the dock, and two pairs of two men are walking away from the dock. In the middle of the picture, power lines dangle from two tall power poles. Debris is scattered around, and a heavily damaged automobile sits near the road. To the left in the distance is a large three story building, and another long structure, both with visible damage. On the other side of the tracks, men walk along looking at damage. Very heavy smoke has obscured the sky.
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[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Three round storage tanks sit in a field. All three tanks show compression damage, and are dented, scarred and punctured. A large piece of debris lies in a water-filled ditch on the far left.
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[A view of the Union Carbide storage terminal after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[A view of the Union Carbide storage terminal after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Behind a wall, round storage tanks stand in rows, showing compression damage with sides and roofs dented, warped and crushed. Behind the round tanks, a spherical tank with a spiralling staircase can be seen. In the foreground, four sets of parallel railroad tracks cross the pictures. Pieces of pipes, valves, railroad ties and other debris are scattered over the ground. A wheeled vehicle sits on one set of tracks and two sets of buckets or scoops sit between two sets of tracks.
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