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 Decade: 1940-1949
[The U.S. Coast Guard fighting fires during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[The U.S. Coast Guard fighting fires during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: A Coast Guard vessel sprays water on the fires near the hulks of the cargo ships after the explosions at Texas City. Heavy smoke covers the dock area.
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[A water tower, pipeline, damaged structure and train cars after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[A water tower, pipeline, damaged structure and train cars after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: In the foreground, a pipeline crosses an open field. A watertower stands at the far left of the picture. Four rail boxcars and at least three tanker cars sit in a line. The tops of damaged tanks are visible behind the rail cars. A large one-story structure, heavily damaged, stands at the right of the picture. Debris is scattered across the field. Heavy clouds of black and white smoke rise in the background.
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[People waiting for information after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[People waiting for information after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: A line of people stands awaiting along a waist-high wire fence. Two gentlemen, one in uniform, stand at the gate talking. Across the street are businesses. Signs on the businesses read "Hetherington Jeweler", "Insurance", and "Farmer Appliances", and "C & D Prescription Pharmacy."
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[Downtown businesses before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Downtown businesses before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: A view of part of the business district in Texas City before the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Cars are parked along both sides of the street and are driving down the roads of a four-way intersection. Stores and businesses line the right side of the streets. On the left side a large flag pole stands near the corner. Down the left side of the street, a two-story building can be seen. People are walking or standing along the sidewalks in front of the stores. A bus is pulled up near one corner of the intersection. On the far right, the two nearest businesses have signs which read "Clar[r?]'s Liquor Store" and "Lucas Cafe." Further down the street are signs reading "Plaza Hotel" and "Nusbaum's."
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[Temporary morgue at the High School gymnasium after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Temporary morgue at the High School gymnasium after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Three cars and a truck are parked in front of the high school gymnasium, which was used as a temporary morgue after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Window panes have been blown out of the building. Folding chairs are scattered in front and along the sidewalks.
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[Near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: A grain elevator, a smokestack and the ruins of a power plant stand in the middle of the picture. On the left, four railroad freight cars sit on a track. A row of train wheels sits near a power pole with dangling lines. Brick, metal and wood debris litter the foreground. A large pipe, twisted and broken lies along the railroad tracks on the right. Two men stand along a rail line. Behind them, two structures lie in ruins surrounded by piles of bricks and metal debris, with remnants of brick walls visible. Amid the debris are upturned vehicles, including a treaded vehicle.
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[The Grandcamp on fire before the explosions of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[The Grandcamp on fire before the explosions of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Clouds of large black smoke stream from the Grandcamp on fire in the Texas City port. A number of men stand along the warehouse building closest to the burning ship.
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[Ruins of a warehouse and wharf after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Ruins of a warehouse and wharf after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Large amounts of debris cover the water in a harbor. Debris and barrels line the side of a road in the foreground running across the bottom of the photograph. Across the water of the harbor, a wharf with massive damage extends out at a right angle to the road. On the the water side of the wharf is a railroad track with two freight cars holding freight. The front train car is leaning down toward the water. Four large parallel pipelines are bowed down to ground level. Behind the train, and extending far out to the right to the end of the image, are the ruins of warehouse structures. There is a forest of concrete pillars, sheared off at their tops, with splayed out and twisted metal reinforcement rods (rebar) projecting up out of the tops of the columns. At the far left in the distance are two refinery tower structures. Two men, one in a white fireman's coverall, walk toward the pipelines. The number "#5" is written in the lower right hand corner.
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[Damage near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Damage near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Taken from ground level, this photograph shows a large grain elevator in the background with a damaged metal conveyor lying twisted on the ground in front, and with railroad tracks in the foreground. On the right, the rear cylindrical silo of of the grain elevator has crumbled at the top and shows heavy damage on the right side. Windows have been blown out on the elevator, and the long structure atop the 12 cylindrical silos of grain elevator has one section caved in. Damage on the rear tower part of the elevator is also evident. Supports for an elevated conveyer belt encased in a metal grided structure have collapsed, and the elevated structure lies damaged and twisted on the ground. Four trucks, at least three of which have open beds, stand alongside this structure. Approximately 10 men, some in hard hats, are looking at the damage. A large container with a cross decal and a large water dispenser sit near a small group of men. Three sets of railroad tracks run across the photo in the foreground. Between the tracks and the trucks is a stack of long wooden beams. The number "#17" is written in the lower right corner.
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[Debris along the shoreline in the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Debris along the shoreline in the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: A view taken from on the water looking back to the shore of piles of metal and wooden debris along the shoreline after the explosions. Huge clouds of thick black smoke cover most of the sky. A smaller cloud of heavy white smoke is on the left, coming from behind the visible debris. On the right, on the horizon, more broken pipelines can be seen.
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