[Aerial view of burning storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description

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."

Physical Description

1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

Creation Information

Creator: Unknown. April 16, 1947.

Context

This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2006 and was provided by Moore Memorial Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 629 times , with 4 in the last month . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Moore Memorial Public Library

The Moore Memorial Public Library documents the local history of Texas City and surrounding areas. Because of their work in preserving historical materials, they received the Rescuing Texas History grant.

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Description

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."

Physical Description

1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

Notes

Per comment from online viewer: "Picture taken from a point due south of where the Grandcamp exploded. Monsanto Chemical Co. is behind the black smoke."

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Rescuing Texas History, 2006

Rescuing Texas History is a project that aims to digitize at-risk photographs, maps, artwork, and more. Funding was provided by the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas.

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  • April 16, 1947

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  • April 13, 2006, 12:40 a.m.

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  • Feb. 27, 2017, 3:22 p.m.

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[Aerial view of burning storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster], photograph, April 16, 1947; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11813/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Moore Memorial Public Library.