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[Helen Edmunds Moore in her later years]
A close-up photograph of Helen Moore in her later years. Mrs. Moore is wearing a tweed coat over a sweater. She is sitting down and has a black purse by her side. She wears a black beret-type hat and is wearing glasses. On the back of the photograph is written: "Taken by Dr. Verrett." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15243/
23rd Infantry Camp D Texas City, Tex.
Several groups of soldiers in full uniform are gathered in a field. Wording on photo front: "23rd Inf. Camp D Texas City, Tex." The symbol "B4." appears in the lower right-hand corner of the image. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11522/
23rd Infantry just arriving at Texas City, Texas
A large group of soldiers in full uniform including greatcoats and weapons stands in three rough lines facing the camera. Wording on photo front:" 23rd Inf. just arriving at Texas City Texas." The symbol "B5." is written in the lower right-hand corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11520/
[4th Artillery Camp]
Soldiers gather between two rows of large tents busy with a variety of tasks. In the center foreground two soldiers sit on chairs near a table. Equipment and gear including a wheel and a strapped bundle are scattered in a rough circle in front of the table. Smoke is blowing from beyond that table to the left. In the right rear, approximately twenty soldiers are standing in a rough line moving toward soldiers at another table. In the middle rear, soldiers gather near another table in front of another large tent. Wording on photo back "Texas City, Tx Aug 16, 1915 4th Art. Camp." Based on other photographs taken on Aug. 16, 1915, the day a hurricane struck and decimated the camp, it is most likely that this particular photo was taken before the date on the photo back or well after. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11528/
4th Artillery Headquarters after the hurricane, Texas City
A group of soldiers sit and stand on a pile of wooden debris in a pathway between two rows of wooden Army buildings. The building on the left has no roof, but the roof beams remain. Soldiers have rolled-up sleeves, unbuttoned tunics and one soldier is hatless. Wording on phot front "4th Art. Hdqs. after the hurricane, Texas City." Wording in pencil on photo back "Aug. 16, 1915." The number "10." is written in the right hand corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11534/
[Across from the Seatrain loading crane after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A view of the dock area and shorelines across from the Seatrain loading crane after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Clouds of white smoke cover the horizon, and smoke still rises from the debris. The Seatrain loading crane is visible on the far right. Directly across the water from it, unseen firefighters direct a stream of water toward burning debris near shore. The area in the foreground is covered with debris of all kinds including metal and wooden pieces, wire cabling, and an unknown product in fabric bags. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11746/
[Aerial view from the railroad yard after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A elevated shot from the rail yards toward the port. View is from above a line of freight cars in the rail yard. Debris lies piled along the line of cars to the far right of the picture. Several men stand on top of one of the cars, while several more stand amid the metal debris below. Another line of rail cars loaded with uniform loads of large forms stands on a parallel set of tracks. In the distance is the grain elevator, a smokestack, two large water towers and the loading structures at the port. Heavy smoke clouds blowing left to right can be seen coming from the port area. The number "#3" is written in the lower right hand corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11869/
[An aerial view near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Clouds of very heavy black smoke cover the port area of Texas City after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. An aerial view of some of the residences near the port can be seen in the lower right hand portion of the photograph. On the reverse side is written "Texas City a few hours after the Grandcamp exploded." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11686/
[An aerial view of a residential area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Layers of thick black and white smoke hang over the residential area of Texas City after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. In the distance, can be seen a storage tank farm. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11685/
[An aerial view of American Oil storage tanks in Texas City in 1934]
An aerial view of two large round black storage tanks of American Oil in Texas City in 1934. In the foreground are other refinery structures. Behind the large storage tanks can be seen some one-story buildings. Further back can be seen some homes and other structures. On the horizon can be seen other structures and the water tower. On the back of the photograph is written in pencil :"2-12-34". Taped to the back of the photograph is a label that reads: "Donated to Texas City Historical Committee by American Oil Company September 15, 1971." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15333/
[Aerial view of burning refinery structures during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of burning refinery structures near the port during the Texas City Disaster. Huge clouds of black smoke obscure much of the picture. Two sections of smoke, one in the lower middle, and one on the right, burn white. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11814/
[Aerial view of burning storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of burning storage tanks on a storage tank farm near the port in Texas City during the Texas City Disaster. Large clouds of heavy black and white smoke are rising from several of the tanks. A number of the tanks show visible compression and explosion damage. The caption on back of this photograph reads: "White smoke rises for a fire that is burning out. The thick black smoke is being fed by all manner of petroleum products." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11813/
[An aerial view of construction in Texas City in 1934]
An aerial view of several construction sites in Texas City. At the bottom left, the foundation of a large building is in place and several men are walking within the building perimeters. At the bottom right the concrete walls and internal supports of another building have been built. About mid-picture the first floor of a large industrial building has been completed. A line of automobiles are parked along a wide dirt road between the construction sites. These sites appear to be refinery buildings and lines of pipelines, and power poles, surrounded by security fencing can be seen. In the background are scattered houses. On the back of the photograph in pencil is written :"1-13-34." Taped to the back of the photograph is a label reading "Donated to Texas City Historical Committee by American Oil Company Sept. 15, 1971" texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15330/
[Aerial view of Nessler pool in the early 1950s]
An aerial view of the Nessler swimming pool. Many people are in the pool. A few people are on or near three sets of bleachers along the side of the pool. To the left of the pool is a tennis court with about ten people playing or watching tennis. A bus and a truck are parked near the building near the front of the pool. Approximately 20 cars are parked in a cleared lot near the street. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "Nessler Pool" (early 1950's) texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11845/
[Aerial view of refinery and port facilities before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of a portion of the Texas City port area before the 1947 disaster including the SeaTrain loading crane, warehouses, refinery facilities, and storage tanks. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11847/
[Aerial view of refinery facilities and the storage tank farm before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the refinery facilities and the storage tank farm in Texas City before the 1947 Disaster. The smoke stack and power house is also visible on the far left. A residential area can be seen on the far right in the distance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11844/
[Aerial view of refinery structures after the 1947 Texas City disaster]
An aerial view of Republic's refinery facilities after the 1947 Disaster. In the foreground, the large spherical liquid petroleum tank has been visibly damaged on the left and top portions of the sphere. A spiralling stairway runs from the ground to the top of the tank. Behind the tank are other refinery pipelines and structures, and a line of freight cars. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11911/
[Aerial view of refinery structures near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of refinery structures at the port after the explosions and fires. The Seatrain loading crane is visible in the lower left corner. White and black smoke still rise from burning areas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11738/
[Aerial view of refinery structures near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the Monsanto building and the refinery facilities near the port after the explosions. Dark gray smoke streams from a burning structure near the tall refinery towers. The Monsanto building is very heavily damaged. The Seatrain loading crane is visible on the far left. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "Site of explosion - looking west. Shows damage to Monsanto plant and port facilities." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11737/
[Aerial view of refinery structures, storage tanks, and port facilities after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port area of Texas City after the explosions. Residences can be seen in the lower right corner. Beyond and to the left of those homes are refinery structures. Beyond those structures are the piers and docks of the port area. Thick heavy clouds of black smoke come from burning storage tanks to the right of the docks. Thick white smoke comes from the dock areas. Through a gap between the black and white smoke streams can be seen a number of storage tanks. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11812/
[Aerial view of Texas City after the 1915 hurricane]
An aerial view of part of Texas City after the 1915 hurricane. The Oklahoma Hotel is in the foreground of the picture. A building in back of the hotel has been demolished and lies in ruins on the ground. Other buildings in the photograph, including houses and other larger buildings, do not show visible structural damage. An automobile is driving on a wide road, across from the hotel, at the lower left of the photograph. In the lower right hand corner, the following information has been written on the photograph : Texas City Texas 9-28- Photo copyrighted 1915 by Martin Blandford 1542 Williams St. Denver, Colo." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15206/
[Aerial view of Texas City after the 1915 hurricane]
An aerial view of Texas City looking towards the port after the hurricane of 1915. One and two story houses line the streets. Most houses are made of wood. Some damage is visible to fences and smaller buildings, but little structural damage is noticeable for most of the buildings. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15203/
[Aerial view of Texas City after the 1915 hurricane]
An aerial view of Texas City after the 1915 storm, looking toward the port. At the far right is a wide, straight street with an automobile and two trolley cars traveling down the street. In the background on the left are houses, with little damage visible. In the lower right hand corner, in the back yard of a two-story building is some wooden debris from a small structure that has been demolished. Further up the wide street on the left is a long one-story building raised on posts with a large number of windows. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15205/
[Aerial view of Texas City after the 1915 hurricane]
An aerial view of Texas City, looking toward the grain elevator and the smokestack, after the 1915 hurricane. One and two story houses are laid out along a grid of dirt roads. Damage to fences and some outbuildings is visible. About mid-photograph, a large one story building has had its roof heavily damaged, and about half the building has collapsed. In the distance on the horizon can be seen the grain elevator, the smokestack and the water tower. This photograph is believed to be one of several copyrighted in 1915 by Martin Blandford of Denver Colorado. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15207/
[An aerial view of the American Oil storage tank farm in Texas City in 1935]
An aerial photograph of the white and black storage tanks in the American Oil Tank farm in Texas City. Some other refinery buildings can be seen about mid-photograph, behind the storage tanks. On the back of the photograph is written in pencil "1935." Taped to the back of the photograph is a label reading "Donated to Texas City Historical Committee by American Oil Company September 15, 1971." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15332/
[Aerial view of the burning Monsanto plant after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view from the north of part of the Monsanto refinery and processing compound with flames visible in several areas and huge clouds of very dark smoke covering most of the photograph. Storage tanks, pipeline control facilities, and two towers can be identified. On the far right in the background are two water towers. The number "#46" is written in the lower right corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11883/
[Aerial view of the burning Monsanto plant after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the refinery structures near the coastline during the Texas City Disaster. Enormous plumes of very heavy black smoke fills most of the image. Flames from a burning storage tank can be seen near the middle of the photograph. Beyond and to the right, through a break in the heavy smoke, can be seen rows of round storage tanks. On the right, a portion of a road with right angle bend can be seen. There are many vehicles parked along the sides of the road. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11811/
[An aerial view of the docks and slips at the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the boat slips and dock areas impacted by the explosions. Dock area structures near the slips have been totally destroyed and rubble and debris is readily visible. On the far right foreground, refinery tower structures can be seen. In the far right background are the storage tanks of the tank farm. Huge clouds of thick dark smoke and smaller clouds of white smoke blow left to right. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11679/
[Aerial view of the grain elevator, the Monsanto building and the Wilson B. Keene after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the grain elevator, the damaged Monsanto building, the Seatrain loading crane and the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The ruined hull of the Wilson B. Keene is partially submerged at Slip 1. In the lower left hand corner is a badly crushed storage tank. The Longhorn II resting on dry ground is visible near the middle of the picture. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11729/
[Aerial view of the hull of the Wilson B. Keene after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster showing the ruined hull of the Wilson B. Keene. The dock and wharf structures lining both sides of this slip have been leveled. On the reverse of the photograph is written: "Hull of the Wilson B. Keene visible in boat slip adjacent to the slip where the Grandcamp exploded". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11732/
[Aerial view of the Monsanto plant and port facilities after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port after the explosions. The heavily damaged Monsanto building, the grain elevator, tank farms and storage tanks and the destroyed docks and warehouses are visible. Written on the reverse side of the photograph is: "The Monsanto plant (in right foreground) received extensive damage to office buildings and equipment. There was heavy loss of life among employees." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11733/
[Aerial view of the Monsanto plant, refinery structures and port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Refinery facilities, the Monsanto building, the grain elevator and the storage tank farms are visible. Handwritten in ink at top margin of front of print: "Texas City Disaster Photograph." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11731/
[Aerial view of the Pan American Refinery in Texas City in 1947]
An aerial view of the Pan American Refinery in Texas City in 1947. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "Texas City, Tex 1947 Pan Am Refinery". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11727/
[Aerial view of the Pan American Refinery in Texas City in 1947]
An aerial view of the Pan American Refinery complex in Texas City in 1947. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "Texas City Texas 1947 Pan Am Refinery". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11726/
[An aerial view of the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the refinery structures in the port area and the docks and piers at the slips after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Heavy clouds of black and white smoke rise from fires still burning near the docks and in storage tanks. Between the black and white layers of smoke can be seen oil storage tanks at a tank farm. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11676/
[Aerial view of the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port area after the explosions. White smoke rises from the destroyed dock area. The Monsanto building, refinery facilities, storage tanks, and the grain elevator are visible. Many of the storage tanks have visible damage. Piers and docks show almost total destruction. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11736/
[Aerial view of the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Storage tanks, some refinery facilities, the grain elevator, docks, slips, and dock warehouse areas are visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11704/
[An aerial view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Visible from lower left to top right are the SeaTrain loading crane, the Monsanto Building, the destroyed docks and piers and refinery structures including two refinery towers. On the back of the photograph is written: "Monsanto / part of slip - Grandcamp". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11624/
[An aerial view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the docks and slips at the Texas City port after the explosions. Docks and pier structures and dock warehouses have been leveled and totally destroyed. Rubble and debris are visible and white smoke still rises from the dock area. The SeaTrain loading crane is visible near the destroyed Monsanto building on the right. Near the middle of the photograph, the grain elevator stands near the ruins of the power house and its smoke stack. In the distance a number of storage tanks showing compression damage and crushing can be seen. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11625/
[An aerial view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Thick layers of smoke from fire blow from left to right. White smoke comes from the dock area. Black smoke comes from petroleum facilities on fire. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11674/
[Aerial view of the port area before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the Texas City port before the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The grain elevator, a tank farm, the port facilities, the Monsanto building, the Seatrain loading crane, a smokestack, some refinery facilities and some residential housing can be seen. The print has a handwritten caption at the top: "Texas City Disaster photograph." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11846/
[Aerial view of the port area during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of refinery facilities near the port during the Texas City Disaster. Heavy black smoke coming from a source out of view on the right obscures much of the top two-thirds of the picture. A smaller plume of white smoke can be seen on the left. Storage tanks can be seen through a small hole in the smoke near the top middle of the photograph. The lower part of the image shows destroyed areas of the docks. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11815/
[Aerial view of the port facilities and grain elevator before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the Texas City port before the 1947 Disaster. A large cargo ship is in one of the slips. The grain elevator with the conveyor system, the Seatrain loading crane, warehouses, and docks and piers are identifiable. In the background, part of the residential area of the city is visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11728/
[Aerial view of the port facilities and the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. A large cargo ship is moored at one of the slips. Three other smaller ships are on the water. Clearly visible are the grain elevator, the smoke stack, the Seatrain loading crane, the Longhorn II aground, damaged storage tanks and the destroyed warehouses and docks. One wall remains from the power house near the grain elevator, and the heavy damage to the Texas City Terminal building can be seen. The badly damaged hull of the Wilson B. Keene can be seen near the Texas City Terminal building. In the bottom right corner is a badly crushed storage tank. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11730/
After the hurricane, 4th Artillery officers line
An automobile sits alongside the ruins of an open sided canvas-covered structure. To the right three wooden one-story buildings are visible with very heavy structural damage. Behind the automobile are at least four other wooden buildings. One building has fully collapsed on 2 sides. One building has been blown off its foundation and lies tilted at a 90 degrees angle, with the building underside vertical to the ground. The large building is a two story building with about half the building totally collapsed. A pile of wooden debris lies in the right front foreground. Flooding is visible behind the building. Wording on the photo front "After the hurricane 4th Art. Officers line, Texas City." The number "15." is written on the photo. Wording in pencil on photo back "Aug 16, 1915." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11532/
After the hurricane, Texas City
Boat run aground along the railroad tracks in front of buildings and listing heavily. Telephone pole in front of boat leaning to the right approx. 15 degrees. Debris and another listing telephone pole are visible to the right of the buildings. Wording on photo front "38 After the Hurricane Texas City." Most likely taken after the August 16, 1915 hurricane at Texas City, Texas. Wording on photo back "Aug 16, 1915." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11543/
After the storm
Four soldiers, two on horseback and two on foot, in front of two one-story buildings. Flooding and building debris are visible in the foreground and in the background. Wording on photo front "After the storm." The number "19" is marked on the photo. Most likely taken after the August 16th, 1915 hurricane at Texas City, Texas. Wording on photo back "Texas City, TX Aug 16, 1915." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11542/
[After the storm]
Three rows of one-story houses. On the far left, a pile of debris stands. The nearest house on the left is tilted and sagging to the right. The porch on the second house in the second row is tilted to the side. Wording on photo back "Texas City, Tx Aug 16, 1916". [Based on other photos similar to this one and on historical records of the weather, this date should most likely be Aug. 16, 1915.] texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11530/
After the storm and flood Texas City
In the front left section of the photo, a soldier carrying what appears to be a typewriter or teletype machine wades through flood waters about mid-calf deep. Behind him are badly damaged buildings surrounded by flood waters. Wording on photo front "After the storm and flood, Texas City Camp Sight (sic) Co. D. Signal Corps." Handwritten in pencil on photo back "Texas City, TX Aug 16, 1915." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11536/
After the storm Texas City
Saddled horse with no rider stands in front of a sailboat lying on its side in a field. The sails are torn and tangled. Wording on photo front "After the storm Texas City." the number "30" is marked on the photo. Wording on back "Aug 16, 1915." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11538/