[Damaged railroad tracks near the docks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description

Two damaged open-top freight cars (gondolas) loaded with rectangular wooden forms sit on a elevated wooden train track. The tracks appear to be on a wharf structure extending out to a dock. Wooden debris is densely scattered in the foreground in front of the tracks and is evidently floating in water in a channel. The front end of the track structure has collapsed and the front car is tilted downward. The forms in the freight cars have also been damaged. Two men are looking down from the raised part of the track.

Physical Description

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

Creation Information

Creator: Unknown. April 16, 1947.

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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 1896 times , with 28 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

Two damaged open-top freight cars (gondolas) loaded with rectangular wooden forms sit on a elevated wooden train track. The tracks appear to be on a wharf structure extending out to a dock. Wooden debris is densely scattered in the foreground in front of the tracks and is evidently floating in water in a channel. The front end of the track structure has collapsed and the front car is tilted downward. The forms in the freight cars have also been damaged. Two men are looking down from the raised part of the track.

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

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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 12, 2006, 11:58 p.m.

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  • Feb. 28, 2017, 12:51 p.m.

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[Damaged railroad tracks near the docks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster], photograph, April 16, 1947; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11872/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Moore Memorial Public Library.