[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.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[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.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[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.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[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.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[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.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Refinery facilities after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Refinery facilities after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: A view of refinery structures. Pipe and metal debris can be seen in the foreground. A large cloud of dense black smoke is at the far right of the picture.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Ruins of a warehouse and large fragments of ship hull after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Ruins of a warehouse and large fragments of ship hull after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Two railroad tracks separated by a dirt road run horizontally across the foreground of the photograph. A utility pole with damaged wires dangling stands on the far side of the road. Beyond the tracks is a pile of very large pieces of twisted metal debris, apparently the fragments of a shattered hull of a ship. Beyond that are at least a dozen men scattered outside a large, two-story, heavily damaged building. Two cranes, a truck with a hoist at the rear, and a bulldozer are sitting in front of the building amid large piles of metal and wooden debris. Several train cars sit amid debris at the far right side. In the distance can be seen the top part of another crane. On the left runs a line of utility poles away from the viewer, probably along another road. On the far left can be seen more men working, with one man operating a construction vehicle, perhaps another bulldozer, and several dump trucks waiting to be loaded. Beyond the trucks one can see the end silos of the grain elevator. The number "#40" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Smokestack and ruined power plant after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Smokestack and ruined power plant after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: An smokestack stands to the right of the ruins of a metal frame building in the middle of the picture. The building evidently housed a power plant. Three rows of train cars are visible behind and to the left of the metal framework. On the right of the smokestack are parts of two walls and large quantities of debris that are all that remain of a brick building. In front of the power plant are large amounts of twisted metal debris and a small ruined shed with a number of metal barrels. Debris is scattered over two parallel railroad tracks in the foreground. Downed and drooping power lines hang from two power poles. Three men are walking through the debris. The number "18" is written in the lower right hand corner of the photograph.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Near the water towers after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Near the water towers after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: Two water towers sit on stilts near the railroad tracks after the Texas City Disaster. Building rubble, barrels, and metal debris are extend over most of the middle portion of the picture. To the far left, a line of tank cars sit on a track. On the right, on a rail road track, a destroyed railroad car sits with most of its sides missing. A large pile of twisted metal debris lies on the railroad tracks behind it. On the far right is the grain elevator. On the horizon in the middle of the picture is the Seatrain crane. The tops of refinery facilities are barely visible on the horizon. Black smoke is coming from beyond the line of tanker cars, blowing from left to right. The number "34" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
[Damaged warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

[Damaged warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Date: April 16, 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: A view from outside looking through a damaged warehouse. The metal framework appears to be intact but much of the covering of the front and back walls has been destroyed. Piles of a product stored in cloth bags of uniform size sit in stacks in the warehouse. A line of freight cars, many heavily damaged, sit on a railroad track along the right side the building. Large pieces of debris are scattered in front of the building. There is a large light colored object in the foreground lying on the ground. It seems to be either a piece of concrete with large chunks of aggregate, or a loose pile of material of similar appearance. The number "#37" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library
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